Survey: Impacts of new genomic techniques (NGT) legislation options on organic

IFOAM Organics Europe is conducting this survey because the organic sector needs to prepare for a change in the EU legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food & agriculture which might put some products of genetic engineering (e.g., gene editing) into a lighter regulatory framework. At EU-level, these techniques are referred to as New Genomic Techniques (NGTs).

While the current legislation has largely enabled organic operators to produce GMO-free in accordance with the Organic Regulation, some of these legal provisions are questioned now, which creates insecurities and challenges for the sector. The legislative proposal is being developed right now by the European Commission, so our informed input on this topic with policymakers is more important than ever.

With this survey, we ask for 30-60 minutes of your time. We want to hear from you to:
• Get an overview from the sector/movement on how a change in legislation would affect the activities and business of operators, as well as the integrity of organic production;
• Better develop our priorities in advocacy work towards the EU Commission in the coming months.

Feel free to share this survey with the GMO expert within your organization and/or membership.

 
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General information
Traceability
In the following, we define “traceability” as transparency for (organic) operators at every step of the food production chain on whether GMOs have been used.
yesprobablyprobably notno
Would you expect that consumer trust in organic would decline if organic produce is not guaranteed GMO-free anymore? *
Do you expect this will inspire consumers to choose the conventional product instead of the organic product? *
Are there any additional considerations on consumer trust in organic that you would like to share?
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For breeders (if applicable)
For certifiers (if applicable)
For farmers (if applicable)
For processors (if applicable)
For retailers (if applicable)
Concrete requirements for documentation-based/digital traceability (provide as much detail as you can/want)
Detection
In the following, we define “detection” as laboratory tools to verify the presence of GMOs in import shipments and unprocessed food in general.
yesprobablyprobably notno
Would you expect that consumer trust in organic produce is affected if contaminations cannot be verified in the laboratory? *
How would this affect the risk of organic produce being decertified
Labelling
In the following, we define “labelling” as transparency for consumers on whether GMOs have been used in the production process, in the form of an on-package GMO label.
yesprobablyprobably notno
Do you expect competition between a “sustainable NGT/GMO” label and the organic label? *
Do you expect this will inspire consumers to choose the conventional product instead of the organic product? *
Are there any additional considerations on a NGT sustainability label that you would like to share?
yesprobablyprobably notno
Do you expect that this will make conventional produce and organic produce less distinguishable in the eye of the consumer? *
Do you expect this will inspire consumers to choose the conventional product instead of the organic product? *
Are there any additional considerations on package consumer labelling that you would like to share?
Other
Any other remarks on how a light legislation for NGTs would affect the organic sector in Europe.
GDPR
Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you.