The organic movementopposed the genetic modification of crops from the start because this technology, like many others introduced into non-organic farming, is in conflict with its core values. This also applied, for example, to the routine use of antibiotics in livestock, and the feeding of cows’ brains to cattle, both practices declared safe by scientists, and both banned under organic standards.

Feeding cattle remains to cattle is now thought to have caused ‘mad cow disease’ (no organically reared cattle had the disease), and the routine use of antibiotics in farming is now linked to antibiotic ...


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