Legal support for farmers near GM canola spill

12 Aug, 2011 09:23 AM
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The GM canola spilled on the Albany Highway.
The GM canola spilled on the Albany Highway.

NATIONAL law firm Slater and Gordon has today confirmed that it has been retained to provide legal advice and support to the grain farmers whose properties may have been endangered by a truck fire and spillage of genetically modified (GM) canola in Western Australia on Tuesday.

Slater and Gordon practice group leader, Mark Walter, said the Safe Food Foundation had retained the law firm to provide legal advice and support to the GM free grain growers whose properties may be affected by the spillage.

“Our firm will be looking at the legal issues around this case and who is legally responsible for what happened,” Mr Walter said.

“We are concerned that the present laws and regulations do not adequately cover the myriad of situations that we seeing in Australia from the introduction of genetically modified food and crops.”

“It is not fair that a group of farmers, who are wishing to grow their grain GM free, have their livelihoods and crops endangered through no fault of their own.”

This legal work follows Slater and Gordon’s announcement on July 28 that it would lodge a claim on behalf of Kojonup farmer Steve Marsh.

In that case, the claim will allege that Mr Marsh’s suffered loss as a result of GM contamination, causing him to lose his organic farming status.

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Marie Knows
13/08/2011 9:22:24 AM, on Farm Weekly

Hmmm, do you think the legal fraternity would be so keen to be involved if it was a farmer seeking damages for a truck spill of lupins containing doublegees or herbicide resistant radish?
Hebe
13/08/2011 9:33:12 PM, on Farm Weekly

Wot! No comment from Ian Mott et al?
Bagheera
15/08/2011 3:24:58 PM, on Farm Weekly

Hebe, don't expect the GM shills to be here. Reality is embarassing for them. Thank God for lawyers. At least they are ready to protect our interests long after the pollies have failed or backed the biotechs.

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