How GM Crops Hurt Farmers

With the rise of GM crops, coexistence between organic, non-GM and GM production has become more diffi cult due to the potential for gene flow and commingling of crops at both the planting and harvesting levels.



Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 12.54.09 PMRight now, if farmers, food companies, retailers or consumers are harmed by contamination or loss of their markets, it is virtually impossible for them to recover from these damages.

Neither the U.S. federal govern-ment nor EU authorities have dealt with this burden, even as the USDA continues to approve a steady stream of new GM crops for cultivation.

Regulating authorities must address the issue of liability for contamination by GM crops and require that the costs of GM contamina- tion be borne by the biotech companies that created the technology and hold the patents on these seeds.