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The Economic Impacts of GM Contamination Incidents on the Organic Sector

Hewlett, Ms Kathleen and Azeez, Ms Gundula (2008) The Economic Impacts of GM Contamination Incidents on the Organic Sector. In: Proceedings of the 16th IFOAM World Congress (CD), IFOAM, Bonn.

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This paper examines the economic impact of GM co-existence on the global organic sector to date through GM contamination of organic food and crops. A total of 15 GM contamination incidents in the organic sector are identified, occurring either from cross-pollination from GM crops being grown in the area or due to contamination in the post-harvest supply chain. The financial losses incurred by organic farmers and food companies due to GM contamination are considerable, through lost markets, lost sales, lower prices, negative publicity, withdrawal of organic certification and product recalls. It is important that co-existence regimes address all of these impacts, with the GM sector being held accountable


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:GM, GMO, contamination, co-existence
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Food systems > Markets and trade
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: UK > Soil Association
International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: System Values Track > 11 GMOs and OA
Deposited By: Hewlett, Ms Kathleen
ID Code:12027
Deposited On:15 Dec 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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