Your Chance to Comment on Coexistence

The deadline for comment has been extended to May 11, 2015.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on a set of proposed activities to reduce the impacts of the unintended presence of genetically modified (GM) genes in organic and other non-GM crops.

One of the activities is the federal organic farmer survey currently circulating, which is gathering information on economic losses experienced by organic farmers due to the presence of GM material in their crops.

The timeline for comment is quite short; they are due April 10, 2015. To submit a comment, visit and click on the “Comment Now!” button.

The proposed activities were released to the public at a two-day conference held in North Carolina March 12-13, 2015, as part of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s effort to build an understanding between farmers who produce GM and farmers who grow non-GM crops—otherwise known as “coexistence.”

CCOF Policy Specialist and National Organic Standards Board member, Zea Sonnabend, attended the meeting and presented a poster titled “National Organic Standards Board Activities to keep GMOs out of organic farms and food.”

Visit the conference webpage for links to video of the entire conference, slides that were presented, and related documents.