When it comes to defining a product as organic or not, who makes the final decision? Is it the consumer? The manufacturer? In reality no one truly can put a label on items being organic or not in today’s agricultural world.
When it comes to defining a product as organic, farmers and manufacturers look to the terms in which the item was grown. Items using GMOs are categorized as non-organic foods. Those same products made by natural means are known as organic. Now with the increase in GMO production, organic plants have traces of GMOs in them. “As a result, most organic corn in the U.S. typically contains anywhere from half a percent to two percent GMOs” (Dan Charles). Knowing this, many consumers might think twice before purchasing “organic” products.
At the end of the day, it comes down to the consumer’s knowledge of the products they are putting on their tables for dinner. For example, cows that eat GMO food are more likely to have traces on GMOs in their milk and other byproducts. Although companies can still consider these products to be organic, there is still a chance that the produce will not be one hundred percent pure. One cannot truly blame the companies and distributers for falsifying the label if the GMO count was out of their hands. It may seem like the farmers are just trying to get more money for the products they are producing, but they may not even know their products contain these GMOs.
In the end, who truly is to blame? No single one entity holds the responsibility for GMOs in organic foods.