questions + answers
- What is genetic engineering (GE)?
- How does it differ from cross-breeding or other forms of biotechnology?
- Which foods are currently genetically engineered?
- Who is behind GE foods?
- Are GE crops grown in Australia?
- How do GE crops affect the environment?
- What are the health concerns?
- Are GE crops good for farmers?
- Will GE crops feed the world?
- Are GE foods labelled?
- What is organic food?
- Why is animal feed important?
- Does GE food have any health benefits?
Organic agriculture uses environmentally friendly farming methods. Not only are organic foods good for the environment, they are healthier and tastier too.
The main features of organic farming include the following.
- Organic farming avoids artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
- Organic farmers rely on developing a healthy, fertile soil and growing a mixture of crops>/li>
- Organic animals are reared and to high animal welfare standards, without the routine use of drugs and antibiotics.
- Organic farming bans the use of GE organisms.
The term “organic” is carefully controlled by a number of certification bodies that check and enforce high environmental standards. In Australia, look out for organic certification symbols from one of these bodies.
Going organic can be a way of life — organic clothing, cosmetics, gardening products and even restaurants can all be found, and all of them are GE-free.
For more information on going organic, see Clean Food Organic’s guide.