The organic foods can’t contain genetically modified organisms (GMO), it’s prohibited. So the if farmer provides organic plant growing he has not to use GMO seeds and organic cow can’t be fed up with GMO corn. According to USDA standards the organic processors must not allow their products even to contact with GMO ingredients even till customer’s table.
- According to official reports the humanity faced with GMO in 1996 and it means an organism changing by another type genetic material injection;
- There are herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops and BT crops. First ones differ by high survival rate, the second type produces toxins against certain agricultural insects;
- The National Organic Program (NOP) provided by USDA also prohibits using of “excluded methods”. This “excluded” conception consists in using of any GMO influence to natural processes or conditions, such ways like conjugation, fermentation, plant breeding, hybridization or in vitro fertilization are not included in list of excluded methods;
- Since 2002 excluded methods can be referred as GE – genetic engineering ones.
- How to show on a label of certified organic food that is non-GMO
- If a product is certified as organic it means it was produced without genetic engineering influence already but some processors prefer to show non-GMO claim on their products separately;
- The claim “non-GMO” is an accurate formula unlike the phrase “GMO-free”, last one declares that the food is 100% free from GMO.
How does the certification process control non-GMO claim of product?
- Due to the prohibiting of using GMO influence during the production and processing of organic food, the tests can be carried out periodically;
- There are a rigorous rules about labeling of food, the label has to show whole ingredients with marks such as organic, non-organic, right up to minor components like yeast, flavors or corn starch;
- Farmers, who pretend to NOP certification, must have farms in places where GMO drift is precluded;
- Any production process: storing, growing, processing, receiving or shipping, has to provide separation organic products from non-organic ones because they can be GMO-containing potentially;
- The inspection of certificated companies is carried out at least one time a year by special agent who has USDA accreditation. If control shows suspicion or detection of GMO issue the investigation would be opened for determination of violation rate;
- If the presence of GMO would be proved and it would be result of USDA’s conditions’ non-observance it heads for certification loss and fines.
Testing under the organic standards
- The USDA accredited agents provide testing of production to determine if the practice really makes its products avoid contact with antibiotics, pesticides, GMOs;
- If analysis shows even small suspicions of GMO’s presence the complaint to NOP has to be done;
- Testing also has to control if the operator has enough proper measures to avoid GMO drift from other areas. If this condition has defects the non-compliance list can be created. If the processor fails about this issue correcting according to received list it can lead to loss of organic certification.
Something more about organic products benefits
- The organic certificating means the farm procedure are correspond with strict USDA standards. It means plant grows on healthy ground and it’s also sign of environmental stewardship;
- The organic production oriented to public health and environmental health improvement in general because it means not just non-GMO issue but refusing from toxic pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers and so on as well;
- The antibiotics or hormone for growth are not used during animal rising process;
- The organic food offers more rich nutrients benefits according to last researches.