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UPDATE 2-Australian Organic Farmer Loses Landmark GMO Contamination Case


World  (tags: Australia, GMO, #BanGMO, GMO Contamination, Lawsuit, Organic Farmer, Monsanto, Round Up Ready, Canola )

Brian
- 54 days ago - reuters.com
"An organic farmer in Western Australia lost his bid to claim damages from a neighbour after genetically modified (GMO) canola seed heads blew on to his property, causing him to lose his licence as an organic grower."



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Natasha Salgado (511)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 8:24 pm
How does this make any sense?? Poor guy...
 

Julie D. (218)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 9:37 pm
I SOOO commend this farmer for at least putting up a valiant fight. It is truly sad he did not win.
 

Fran away F. (110)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 12:24 am
This is so terribly wrong and unjust! Why shouldn't the organic farmer have no legal remedy?
 

Fran away F. (110)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 12:26 am
Correction: Why SHOULD the organic farmer have no legal remedy?
 

Julie E. (316)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 2:47 am
What a shame...
 

Judy T. (207)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 6:26 am
I think this was an unfair ruling, and I hope it doesn't discourage other organic farmers from future litigation to seek just compensation for the GMO contamination of their crops. Eventually, there will be a just an impartial judge who will see the obvious, that the organic farmer was wronged no matter how accidentally or by the simple, natural fact that wind carries pollen with it. A larger buffer zone between the two fields would have prevented this cross-contamination, and no the onus should not be on the offended party, but on the GMO farmer. According to the ruling of this judge, it will be the organic farmers' responsibility to allocate distancing zones from the offending party, instead of forcing the offending party to provide the buffer zone. It's really unfair!
 

Terrie Williams (759)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 8:07 am
Truly disheartening for the farmer and for those of us that are fighting GMO's around the world. Really sad.
 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 9:46 am
And, I'm looking for GOOD news...Holy crap!
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 12:56 pm
noted, thanks
 

Victoria Oakey (102)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 3:20 pm
Sadly noted. Ty for the information.
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 8:08 pm
This has been going on quietly as small organic farmers are forced into court, but don't have the money to take their cases all the way to the highest courts in whichever lands. They lose and many are then forced out of business. GMO crops will be the food supply of the future. We won't be able to get away from them, especially now tha Monsanto and buddies are also quietly buying up all free market seeds.
 

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Friday May 30, 2014, 6:22 am


 

Marija Mohoric (49)
Friday May 30, 2014, 11:01 am
tks for the info Brian
 

Brian M. (145)
Friday May 30, 2014, 12:24 pm
Well said, Sheila D., GMO crops are not only well on their way to being the food of the future; they are the food of the present. Given that the corn, sugar beets, canola, and soybeans were modified and introduced into the food supply back the '90s, the reality is that billions of people are eating GMO's every day and probably don't even realize it. Those of us who are committed to sustainable organic foods here in 2014 have to think long and hard what we were eating 20 years ago. Most of us have already faced repeated exposure to GMO foods. Food for thought.
 

gabriele jefferson (148)
Sunday June 1, 2014, 6:06 am
noted, shared on fb, twitter, g+, thx,
 
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