Biotechnology Gains Footing in Organic Food

March 19, 1998

This past December, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman announced a proposed a new national set of standards for the burgeoning organic food industry. The new rules aim to set a uniform national standard about what is and what is not organic.

One area that has generated the most attention has been whether genetically engineered organisms and bio-tech food products should be included as organic.


  • Joe Mendelson, an attorney with Organic Watch, a coalition of environmental groups and organic farmers critical of the proposed US Department of Agriculture regulations.
  • Alan Goldhammer, the executive director for technical affairs of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the leading voice for the biotechnology industry in Washington, D.C.

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