The use of the so-called green genetic engineering in organic agriculture is forbidden in both the EU regulations and in the Demeter standards: “Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their derivatives are not compatible with organic agriculture. Products must be produced without the use of GMOs, or organisms derived from GMOs.”
Demeter is even more explicit in its statements concerning seed materials: “The inner qualities and the outer characteristics of the seed influence on the one hand the resistance of the crop during its growth, and on the other the yield potential (as related to its growing location) and its nutritional qualities. In order to achieve the qualities set as goals for Biodynamic agriculture, particular care and attention to detail is required. Hybrids should be excluded as far as possible when choosing plant types and varieties. Open pollinated varieties, propagated in Biodynamic agriculture, shall be used in preference. The use of genetically modified seeds and propagation material is forbidden.”
Demeter-Felderzeugnisse GmbH stands completely behind this requirement to exclude genetically modified seeds.
It is the view of Demeter-Felderzeugnisse GmbH that the release of genetically modified organisms into the environment is highly questionable and is to be condemned. It serves solely the production of made to measure raw materials using economic criteria without giving consideration to possible dangers to mankind or the environment. We believe nature should not be made to conform to the economy, but rather the economy to nature.
Appropriate local agriculture, and working with closed cycles are two of the essential elements of organic and Biodynamic agriculture, and as such are contained in the standards to which our raw materials and products are produced.