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Frequently Asked Questions: Organic Crops and GMO Pollen Cross-Contamination

Paul Goeringer

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This post should not be construed as legal advice

            For the most part, crops are in the ground and growing now, but issues can exist when we have genetically modified organism (GMO) crops growing near organics.  Let’s talk about GMO contamination of organic crops. 

            From time-to-time, many of you will ask, “What about GMO cross-pollination of organic crops?”  Well, I’m sorry to tell you that there is no exact answer because this is a developing area of the law.  That said, when a court is presented with this issue, they potentially will use the existing legal theory of negligence to find liability for GMO cross-contamination. 

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