As we await judgment today on the Marsh and Baxter case, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says no matter what the outcome, it is evident that GM farming cannot coincide with organic farmers when voluntary regulation practices are ignored.
“What we have seen in this court case is an undeniable dismissal of voluntary regulations that could have prevented the contamination of Steve Marsh’s organic crops”.
“Use of chemicals on farms is out of hand… self-regulation by industry is not happening. Farmers are taking the view that Guidelines put out by DAFWA can be disregarded”.
“GM canola has been approved for release in WA but there are no regulatory oversights. We are treading in dangerous territory where we don’t know the economic viability of a product that is sabotaging the alternatives”.
“I’m sure this long journey has been tiring for Steve, who has unexpectedly become a key campaigner for non-GMO rights around the globe, whatever the verdict I am sure he will be relieved to finally set the precedent for those watching with anticipation. It has also been a difficult time for the Baxters”.
Supporters will today gather from 1pm at Stirling Gardens outside the Perth Supreme Court Building for the 2pm verdict.