Food Safety Battle: Organic Vs. Biotech

September 4, 1998 • Volume 8, Issue 33
Will organic farming survive?
By Kathy Koch

Introduction

Gene Kahn went from Vietnam War protestor to organic farming honcho. (Photo Credit: The Fresh Ideas Group)
Gene Kahn went from Vietnam War protestor to organic farming honcho. (Photo Credit: The Fresh Ideas Group)

Atidal wave of genetically engineered foods is heading for grocery shelves. Within 10 years, experts predict, an estimated 95 percent of America's plant-derived foods will be genetically engineered. Moreover, they say, organic farmers eventually will decide to grow transgenic crops. Organic activists vow that organic foods will remain a haven for consumers who want to avoid genetically modified foods. But as biotech companies gobble up the world's seed companies and re-engineer traditional organic pesticides, the unaltered seeds and pesticides needed by organic farmers may become scarce. Many observers say a nationwide debate on the biotech revolution is long overdue.

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