Crop contamination from GMOs: USDA suggests sticking small farmers with the bill

| December 6, 2012 |
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advisory board has developed a roadmap on how farmers whose crops become cross-contaminated by GMO seeds–and lose their status as organic or non-GMO producers–could find ways to “co-exist” with biotech agriculture.Their suggestion, in English: conventional or organic farmers would have to buy insurance in the event their crops became affected by GMOs.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advisory board has developed a roadmap  on how farmers whose crops become cross-contaminated by GMO seeds–and lose their status as organic or non-GMO producers–could find ways to “co-exist” with biotech agriculture.

Key to the advisory board’s report  was the discussion of insurance and “joint coexistence” schemes in the event a farm became subjected to “unintended GE [genetically engineered] presence in identity-preserved products.” Central to the board’s recommendations was the recommendation of a “crop insurance model” to address such “potential inequities.” In English, conventional or organic farmers would have to buy insurance in the event their crops became affected by GMOs.

View the original article here: GMO Contamination? USDA Suggests Sticking Small Farmers With the Bill