Genetically engineered crops and organisms are prohibited in certified organic production. CCOF opposes the commercialization and use of genetically engineered (GE) crops and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) because of the environmental and potential health threats they pose to organic growers and consumers. Organic farmers shouldn’t have to carry the burden of trying to protect their crops from being contaminated with pollen from genetically engineered varieties. All farmers should be able to buy seeds that are free of GE sequences. Consumers have the right to know what they are eating and to be able to choose foods that are not made with GE ingredients. By purchasing organic foods, you can be confident that you aren’t getting GMOs in your food.
CCOF supports consumers' right to know what is in their food through labeling of GE products. A federal bill passed in 2016 instructed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a mandatory “bioengineered food disclosure standard,” or label for foods made with GMOs. The law recognizes that organic certification is sufficient basis for making a non-GMO claim on a label. The CCOF policy team engaged with rulemaking for enforcing this law, advocating that all foods derived from GM crops and organisms be labeled with clear, readily understood language or logo and not rely on electronic or digital disclosures. According to the rule proposed by USA in 2018, GMO labels on most products would be mandatory beginning January 1, 2020.
CCOF works to keep GMOs out of our fields and out of our food in a variety of ways.
If you have a concern about GMOs in organic, please contact the CCOF policy team.