USDA attempts to calm GM-organic neighbour dispute

3 March, 2011 by (comments)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is pushing for the acceptance of genetically modified (GM) crops co-existing with organic crops, Voice of America reports.

However, opposition remains strong from food safety advocates who say that contamination of non-GM crops is inevitable while the two are grown, processed, or stored within range of one another.

In fact, the Center of Food Safety has sued the USDA for approving the planting of GM alfalfa and sugar beet crops without restriction.

Despite the heated debate, GM crops are proving popular, as much in the developing world as the developed. In 2010 in South Africa, for example, land planted to GM maize, cotton, and soya crops increased by 100,000 hectares, bringing total GM crop area to approximately 2.2 million hectares.

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