Anti-GM lobby group MADGE has weighed into the “Kojonup Contamination” issue, claiming the GM industry is falsely trying to paint WA organic farmer Steve Marsh as a bully for suing his neighbours because their GM canola contaminated his organic crop.
“Steve Marsh lost his organic status as a result of the GM contamination and suffered income loss. His farm may remain contaminated for years,” said MADGE spokesperson Fran Murrell.
“This situation needs to be examined. The neighbour, Mr Baxter, we are told, has a weed problem and so wants to grow GM canola. Mr Baxter has a range of options to deal with his weeds including different rotations, different chemicals and various land management practices.
“In contrast Mr Marsh is an organic farmer. He cannot supply any crops or produce that is contaminated by GM. This means that the contamination by Mr Baxter has removed his opportunity to farm in the way that he and his customers want.”