Landmark GM Case

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Landmark GM Case

Postby ColinM » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:43 am

Not sure if any of you have been following and or have an interest in this.

BACKGROUND
In 2010, not long after the Colin Barnett lead coalition government came into power, they announced that, in respect to GM Canola, "they would give it a go" - it's probably fair to say that statement doesn't fill me with a great deal of confidence that rigorous research and risk mitigation strategies had been considered.

ISSUE AND DEVELOPMENT
I'm not a farmer, but it would seam that that there are two farming players here, and that's those that wanted to plant GM modified Canola that was glysophate tolerant and, at the other end, farmers that wanted to sustain their Organic status.

Now I don't know the in depth "rules" that were put in place to mitigate contamination.

But, and it would seem inevitably, we now have a landmark case between two farmers who have, as it's been reported, two immediately adjacent farms (only separated by a road reserve) where one farmer having grown GM Canola has had non-removed swathe and seeds that have blown on to the Organically classified farm, resulting in the loss of the organic status.

Media articles outline the agricultural and social deleterious outcome, with a previously close knit community becoming very divided on this.

Of course Monsanto is behind the GM move and is reported to be backing the GM Canola farmer with another law firm acting pro bono for the other party - both are before the Supreme court with a case that commenced yesterday and is listed for three weeks.

As if this precedent case is not complex enough, there are further factors that exasperate the issue:

1) Under (WA) current state legislation, BOTH farmers were acting legally.
2) It's apparent from media article content that the Organic status is deemed against the Land rather than the outcome product from that land.
3) Legislation and enforcement on produce containers at retail outlets is questionable at best.

IMHO, the collocation of two "opposing" "farming regimes was doomed to failure due to the impossibility of guaranteeing non contamination due to various uncontrollable environmental factors.

I feel sorry for the two farmers who, by all accounts, previously socialised well.

I would think these two farmers are but pawns in a VERY dangerous (agricultural) game and that the TRUE major players, the WA State Government and Monsanto should be before the Supreme court - but I guess that's never going to happen.
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Re: Landmark GM Case

Postby Pam » Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:04 am

Kudos to the law firm who is providing their services pro bono. Monsanto is going to be giving this all they've got, and anyone going up against them would need considerable financial resources.

I sincerely hope they are up to the task.
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Re: Landmark GM Case

Postby ColinM » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:58 am

Pam wrote:Kudos to the law firm who is providing their services pro bono. Monsanto is going to be giving this all they've got, and anyone going up against them would need considerable financial resources.

I sincerely hope they are up to the task.


Could not agree more Pam - apparently (and fortunately) the Organic Farmer has had his Organic status reinstated.

That doesn't take away the huge divisive social impact on the local community and the fact that Monsanto is a multinational company totally focused on making money and completely bereft of conscience. :evil:
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