Organic organisations in this country have no monopoly on wisdom. The fact that last year they could lobby successfully for the inclusion in organic standards of the use of sodium nitrite in curing bacon shows their own lack of perspective, and a failure to consult the public.
Last autumn, I wrote to the Joint Food Safety and Standards Group (MAFF and DoH) expressing my concern that some organisations were tying the fate of organic food production in this country to that of genetically modified crops. The link is tenuous and illogical. It centres as yet on really only one crop, maize, and even the organic standards themselves are not precise enough to identify potential cross-pollination as the problem. The same consideration is unlikely to apply to many other crops. Nevertheless, the Government recommends that a modus vivendi be found whereby the perceived safeguards for organic producers are incorporated into trails for genetically modified crops. That sounds like common sense on the part of the Government faced with opposing views.
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