Nathan Lange
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:28:30 PST

One of the tiring rants of the participants in the marketing scheme 
euphemistically called "organic" is their self proclaimed oppression 
for having their very special products "contaminated" with GMO 
pollen. For the past few years there has been an analogous legal 
situation in commercial horticulture in California dealing with 
so-called pollen contamination. See who you side with:

What if I decide to commercially grow seedless mandarins, sometimes 
sold in the U.S. under the trademark name Cuties? Should I be able to 
demand that all my neighbors within a certain distance of my citrus 
orchard must now remove all their pollen producing citrus plants in 
order to prevent pollination of my mandarins, all because I want to 
profit from growing higher value seedless citrus fruit? What about 
the bee keepers? In the past five years, seedless mandarin farmers in 
California have threatened legal action against bee keepers over the 
"trespass" of bees pollinating their mandarin orchards.…
By organic farming logic, the mandarin growers must be correct when 
they argue that bee keepers hurt farmers. I don't agree.

My understanding is that the arbitrary USDA rules defining "organic" 
recently changed yet again late last year, this time to reflect the 
reality of wind transported pollen in agriculture, just as the 
standards were recently lowered for "organic" meat and dairy products 
in most of California to accommodate our recent drought. In reality, 
in both of these examples, the end consumer products never changed at 
all in any meaningful way. And too bad for the seedless mandarin 
growers who can't redefine the word "seedless" to fit their needs 
when those malicious trespassing bees show up.


At 07:38 AM 11/14/2014, you wrote:
>  If a company can cross genes so unrelated, why couldn't they have 
> made them pollen sterile? That would solve two problems. One to 
> prevent contamination of organic growers crops and two to prevent 
> seed formation, which they don't allow anyway due to the utility 
> patents.  Organic seed growers are required to have their crops 
> tested yearly for the presence of GMOs, out of pocket.

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