AUS – ORGANIC INDUSTRY NEEDS TO RE-THINK ZERO TOLERANCE
Organic industry needs to re-evaluate zero tolerance of genetically modified crops: WA Farmers group
Source: WA Country Hour (ABC) – 24 February 2017
One of Western Australia’s peak industry bodies says the organic industry in Australia needs to change its zero tolerance standard to the presence of genetically modified (GM) organisms in organic crops. Flood waters have swept through parts of WA’s grain growing region, sparking concern from some certified organic growers that contamination via flood waters may occur. WA Farmers grains section president Duncan Young said the organic industry in Australia should look to GM tolerance standards in other countries. “I think the real issue is the fact that the organic industry needs to re-evaluate their zero status for GM and probably take a leaf out of the book of other countries around the world with their organic industries,” he said.