Sorry but “organic” isn’t an industry, it’s a marketing scam. Worse it deliberately fosters fear as a marketing strategy and I have exactly zero sympathy with it or its perpetrators. If “organic” agriculture ceased to exist there would be no loss to the world whatsoever.
A U.S. farm group, seed producers and biotech critics filed suit on Wednesday against Oregon officials in an effort to curtail planting of genetically modified canola, warning of a potential “disaster” for the state’s seed and organic industries.
The litigation joins a long list of efforts to limit the footprint of many genetically altered crops, which opponents fear are threatening conventional and organic farm production as well as increasing weed and pest resistance.
The plaintiffs are seeking a stay on a move by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to issue a temporary rule opening previously protected zones for canola planting.
The state does not distinguish between biotech or conventional canola in its rule. Officials had banned the planting of all canola on more than 3 million acres (1.3 million hectares) in Oregon’s Willamette Valley to protect specialty vegetable seed producers who feared contamination by the plant, which cross-pollinates easily.