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

27th 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”.

“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”.

“How much has been harvested? How much has been sold? We need more transparency”.

“This bitter battle between neighbours is an unfortunate one; hopefully it will set precedent for accountability on this rapidly growing issue, and will encourage the government to set stricter laws and regulations to prevent further problems in the future”.

Members of the public will be conducting a peaceful gathering out the front of the Supreme Court today at 8am to support the end of Steve Marsh’s court case.

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Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia