EU farm commissioner warns: GM-contamination inevitable

January 27, 2004, just-food: European Union (EU) agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler issued a warning to attendees of an organic farming conference – no food can now be completely free of genetically modified organisms and it is time we took a realistic stance to monitoring the presence of gm materials.

He admonished those there not to seek an absolutist stance and instead called for practical advice from politicians.

“We have been banished from paradise. The idea of a zero per cent threshold was no doubt possible in the Garden of Eden, but not in the real world,” said Dr Fischler.

That said, the Commissioner said Brussels would produce an organic food promotion action plan within three months.