When it comes to GMOs, I’m not sure what is worse – eating the genetically modified food that has not been thoroughly studied for long term safety or trying to sort through the seed and farming fiasco of organic farmers trying to maintain the integrity of their crops just a few hundred yards away from a biotech contracted farmer spreading DNA-altered seed all over the place. How can you possibly guarantee that cross pollination or contamination will not occur?
I live in Portland, Oregon – a city that borders Washington State. My daughter is attending college in Ashland – which is half a day’s drive south on I-5 and just 15 miles from the California border. Ashland is in Jackson County where some GMO related troubles are brewing. One of the big biotech companies is contracting with farmers all through the county to grow Roundup-ready sugar beet crops and according to the USDA’s own rules, there is supposed to be a 4-mile distance between a genetically modified crop and a non-genetically modified crop. Read in this article from The Organic and Non-GMO Report website about how the USDA is looking the other way when just a few hundred yards separate the two very different crops.