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GMOs: IFOAM releases Position Paper
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IFOAM - Organics International has released a position paper that is proposing a number of measures to be put in place to further fortify and enhance the organic sector’s available genetic resources in order to safeguard organic integrity and to ensure organic food will continue to meet the highest consumer expectations in this challenging situation. The paper provides clarity and transparency on the criteria used by the organic sector as to what breeding techniques are compatible with organic systems, which techniques to exclude, and definitions on what should be considered as genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It further differentiates between the criteria relevant for organic breeding as defined in the IFOAM – Organics International norms, versus the criteria for cultivars and breeds derived from non-organic breeding programs regarding their compatibility for the use in commercial organic production and processing. Read the paper