Monday, February 11, 2008

More evidence the organic industry is under assault from unwanted GMOs

Over the past few months, The Organic & Non-GMO Report has been reporting on a disturbing incident involving a shipment of organic soybeans sent to an organic processor that found high levels of GMO contamination.

The samples tested showed GMO contamination levels as high as 20%.

According to the articles, none of the parties involved is accepting blame for the incident and it has not been determined where in the delivery process the contamination occurred.

The processor of organic soybean oil and meal, Nevada Soy Products, reported that they lost $100,000 due to the contamination and their business was closed down for a month. After the first railcar of soybeans tested positive at such high levels, Nevada Soy Products canceled delivery of three more railcars of organic soybeans.

Nevada Soy Products apparently ended up selling their products to the conventional food marketplace at half the price they would have received if the products were certified organic.

The broker who sold the soybeans to Nevada Soy Products, Jericho Solutions, claims, "There was no problem on our end. We had the paper trail. Someone is trying to nail us for something we did not do."

The organic certifier for Nevada Soy Products is the Nevada Department of Agriculture who has now filed a complain on behalf of the company with the National Organic Program (NOP). The NOP is run by the Agriculture Marketing Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The NOP is determining whether or not an investigation will take place.

Regardless of who is to blame, contamination of organic crops from GMOs is a problem that is only going to get worse as more acreage of GMO crops gets planted in the United States and around the world.

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