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The roundtable: will gather 20-25 organic and non-GMO sector stakeholders, NGO representatives and EU regions working on food production and prevention of GMO contamination. The objective of the roundtable is to give strategic input to specific challenges on the prevention of GMO contamination in the food chain.
The project ‘Keeping GMOs out of organic’ will identify the difficulties faced by the organic sector to remain GMO-free and develop practical solutions. It will advocate for policy frameworks that ensure rights to GMO-free producers at the European level. The project will also help IFOAM EU’s members in their own advocacy work at national level.
Challenges faced by organic agriculture
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and new genetic engineering techniques
What are GMOs?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are the result of genetic engineering at the sub-cellular and genomic level, where the intentional insertion, deletion of genes or alteration of genetic information (DNA) takes place in a laboratory.
About 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost worldwide since industrialisation. In response to this decline, the sustainable use and enhancement of plant genetic resources and agricultural genetic diversity form an important part of the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020.