GMOs

Minister Disregards GM-Free farmers and Organic Growers to benefit the likes of Monsanto and Syngenta

 

Greens Member for South Metropolitan Region Lynn MacLaren MLC says a repeal of the GM Free Crops Areas Act is being rushed through Parliament before proper protections are put in place for non-GMO and organic farmers.

 

“Before any further relaxation of the rules on growing GM in Western Australia, the Greens have called on the Barnett Government to introduce a Farmer Protection Act, with a small levy on all GM seed sales to be paid into a fund out of which to compensate any landholders who suffer economic loss from GM contamination. The GM industry would thus pay for any harm done by GM organisms,” Ms MacLaren said.

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Court ruling impact disastrous for non-GM farmers and their markets, say Greens

The Court of Appeals’ decision in the Steve Marsh case is a blow to everyone who stands against GM crops and the impact will be disastrous, according to Greens WA Spokesperson for Food and GMOs Lynn MacLaren MLC.

“This most recent decision proves that our State laws don’t protect non-GM farmers or their markets,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The vast majority of farmers are non-GM or organic so the impact on their industry will be incalculable. We need urgent law reform to provide the necessary wide-scale protection.

“This ruling comes at a time when the State Minister has said he intends to repeal the Genetically Modified Crop Free Areas Act by the end of the year. Read more »

DAFWA misjudged public opposition to GM

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has applauded a ruling this week by the Organic Industry Standards & Certification Council not to allow any genetically modified products in organic foods. 

“This is a win for common sense and public opinion,” Ms MacLaren said. 

“The WA Department of Food and Agriculture made an application for a 0.9 per cent threshold of allowable GM contamination in organic foods but their application was overwhelmingly outnumbered by submissions against allowing any percentage threshold. Read more »

Genetically modified organisms - Tolerances: Questions

612. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Agriculture and Food: Read more »

Landmark GMO case finally to receive judgment

Media statement, Wednesday, 28 May 2014.

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”.
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Marsh and Baxter case shows that GM farmers are ignoring voluntary regulations

Media statement, Wednesday, 26 February 2014.

As we await judgement 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”.
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Genetically modified crops - Studies: Questions

GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS — STUDIES
634. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:
(1) Is the Minister aware of the peer-reviewed paper by Dr Judy Carman et al, “A long-term toxicology study on pigs fed a combined genetically modified (GM) soy and GM maize diet”? Read more »

Organic farmer into second day of David and Goliath court battle

Media statement, Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

A case which is the first of its kind worldwide entered its second day in court today, with Steve Marsh challenging his neighbouring farmer over responsibility for contaminated organic crops.

“My heart goes out to Steve Marsh, who has found himself at the forefront of this battle between non-GMO and GMO farmers”, said Greens MLC Ms Lynn MacLaren.

“After three long years, Steve and his neighbours, the Baxters, finally have their time in court. This might have been avoided if the State Government had established better rules for growing GMO. I will continue my work in parliament for the State Government to legislate protection for farmers like Steve Marsh, there must be stricter regulations”.
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Genetic Modification - Greens (WA) Policy 2012

  • The Greens (WA) oppose transgenic and animal genetic engineering and the release into the environment of genetically engineered micro-organisms.  The genetic engineering industry has failed to demonstrate that it is operating safely and ethically in these areas.
  • Genetic engineering offers the potential for enormous good and enormous harm and therefore should be treated wi

Genetically Modified Canola - Spill Clean-Up

Extract from Hansard [COUNCIL — Wednesday, 24 October 2012] p7503b-7503b

Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Robyn McSweeney

GENETICALLY MODIFIED CANOLA — SPILL CLEAN-UP

847. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Agriculture and Food: Read more »