Bunin quoted on USDA's lack of organics testing
The USDA should start by requiring farmers who use biotechnology to abide by practices that prevent the spread of transgenic material, said Lisa Bunin, organic policy director for the Center for Food Safety.
The group has opposed deregulation of transgenic crops like glyphosate-resistant alfalfa.
"Why should the burden be entirely on organic producers?" she said. "The USDA needs to show its commitment to prevent contamination. The time has come for the government to step in."
Organic farmers already take measures to protect themselves from transgenic material, said Bunin. "There's not enough shared responsibility on the part of users of GE technology."