Food for Maine’s Future challenges myth of GMO/organic coexistence!

Organic advocates skeptical of workshop

Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinal
January 13, 2010

AUGUSTA — Advocates for organic farming say a workshop at the state agricultural trades show today is a veiled campaign to make Maine farmers accept genetically engineered crops. The 12:45 p.m. workshop is billed as promoting co-existence of organic and genetically engineered crops. “It looks to me with this workshop that they’re really pushing for people to be OK with genetic engineering and accept GMOs (genetically modified crops),” said Bob St. Peter, executive director of Food for Maine’s Future.

“The Maine Department of Agriculture believes there could be co-existence between organic and GMO living side by side,” St. Peter said, “but it does create a risk. The demonstration of contamination already has taken place in Maine and that makes those of us who don’t want to eat or grow them very weary.”

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