GMO’s and their use in organic products

The Western Farm Press has a good article that talks about GMO’s and whether they can be used in organic products. You can find the article here.

The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products.

Some key points from the article.

To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, All of these measures are documented in the organic farmer’s organic system plan.

This written plan describes the substances and practices to be used, including physical barriers to prevent contact of organic crops with prohibited substances or the products of “excluded methods” such as GMO

Any certified organic operation found to use prohibited substances or GMOs may face enforcement actions, including loss of certification and financial penalties. However, unlike many pesticides, there aren’t specific tolerance levels in the USDA organic regulations for GMOs.