Australian organic farmer loses landmark GMO contamination case

Steve Marsh is a Western Australian farmer who sued his neighbour Michael Baxter for ‘reckless’ harvesting of GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) canola (oilseed rape, rapeseed, Brassica napus). Some GM canola seeds ended up on Mr Marsh’s land. Mr Marsh doesn’t grow canola but due to a ‘zero tolerance’ policy, he lost organic status from 75% of his land.

The case attracted attention around the world because it challenged the power of the chemical and biotech giant Monsanto who made this GM crop.

Today we hear that Mr Marsh lost the case. Another legal victory for Monsanto.

I’m grateful to eqfe for drawing my attention to the news.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Australian organic farmer loses landmark GMO contamination case

  1. Littlesundog says:

    Oh, this aggravates me! Just this past week while visiting family in Nebraska we had to drive past the monstrous Monsanto facility near my family home. Nothing like seeing the devil up close!

  2. Pingback: Steve Marsh to appeal GM canola contamination case | Science on the Land

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