Support strong for Baxter

18 Mar, 2014 01:00 AM
John Snooke.
Any attempts by conventional farmers to defend their practices are ridiculed and defamed
John Snooke.

THE bravery of Kojonup farmer Mike Baxter in defending his right to grow GM canola through the Western Australian Supreme Court case of Marsh v Baxter, has garnered him much support, writes JOHN SNOOKE.

OPINION: WHILST professional anti-genetically modified (GM) activists were suggesting to West Australian farmers in 2010 that they should cave into their demands to change their farming methods, Kojonup farmer Mike Baxter thought otherwise.

Of the 700 growers who have adopted GM canola varieties since 2010, Mike was the one who finished up in the Western Australian Supreme Court defending his ability to manage his property according to his best judgement.

The activists behind this campaign to force farmers like Mike Baxter to defend what is an accepted, legitimate and safe production method are from the same stable as the anti-farming organisations that have no hesitation in breaking into a CSIRO facility and destroying research crops; chaining themselves to a live export ship; or demanding that conventional agriculture submit to the unaccountable functionaries within the organic industry.

The impossible standards dictated by the self appointed certifiers of the organic industry seek to grant organic farmers veto rights over their neighbours’ activities.

Conventional and accepted farming practices like swathing or chemical spraying would be subject to the same accreditation standards set down by the same organic certifying bodies that have set zero tolerance policies towards GM crops.

As Mike Baxter has found out, there is no ability to resolve any conflict where one side adopts a policy of zero tolerance - the only recourse is through the courts.

Yet, as has become evident through the media frenzy surrounding this trial, any attempts by conventional farmers to defend their practices are ridiculed and defamed by the anti-GM zealots and their disciples.

This Blitzkrieg against conventional farming and Mike Baxter’s tenacity and bravery in defending not only his actions, but the actions of every farmer who chooses to grow GM canola is why he has the support of not only the PGA but every productive farmer in Western Australia.

John Snooke is chairman of WA Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) Western Graingrowers Committee.

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18/03/2014 4:47:47 AM

John, you completely miss the point. GM cannot be contained within property boundaries and as such detrimentally impacts the clean uncontaminated status of neighbouring farms. As for the zero tolerance standard, you cannot be a little bit pregnant - you are either clean or your contaminated by GM. It's time to wake up to the deceit peddled by GM proponents.
18/03/2014 5:35:03 AM

Like ggwagga, I think you are missing the point too. I am not opposed to GM technology. However, the contamination of my crop by my neighbor with any market damaging affliction is unacceptable. Why should my neighbour not be held accountable for polluting my produce with any contaminant, which renders my produce unsalable or unfit for the purpose it was intended?
18/03/2014 5:54:36 AM

Landholders are (or should be) responsible for not only activities conducted on their own patch, but also for ensuring the do not impact in any manner their neighbors. That includes contamination, spray drift, weeds etc. No excuses, no if or buts, full stop. If you cannot conduct your desired activities under these rules you had better revisit your operations.
18/03/2014 6:00:29 AM

We are all controlled by rules / regulations to protect our neighbours So why shouldn't I be forced to keep my products within my boundaries ? [read the fences act ] It gets worse. These rednecks want me charged if I market their escapes that appear on my side of the fence. Sounds like anarchy to me. If GM was aimed industrially to lubricating oil we just MAY make some progress. PROVIDING IT WAS IN THE HANDS OF SOMEONE WE COULD TRUST !
18/03/2014 6:01:50 AM

If some is preared to buy it, let him grow it!
18/03/2014 6:31:56 AM

Growing GM crop is no different to growing a crop of pigs within a three strand barbwire fence.....and you have a crop of peanuts or grain next door. I doubt any sane person would concur that it's perfectly ok for the pigs to accidently feed through the fence. Grow your GM and sell it to who wants it but at least be respectful of other peoples right to carry on their business without your GM imposition....after all who benefits from growing the GM crop?......and I certainly don't want to feed the neighbours pigs on my crops.
18/03/2014 6:32:23 AM

When you choose to go organic when you are surrounded by conventional farms , you have only your self to blame .If your requiring buffers that will take in multiple farms and the change in farming practices then either pay up in compensation or just don't do it .It's like selling pork next to a mosque or a synagogue .
Monsanto Shareholder
18/03/2014 6:34:44 AM

I would presonally like to thank all the anti GM activists out there. All your hard work campaigning against this technology has cemented very healthy dividends for shareholders like me. Why? Nobody can afford the regulatory compliance costs associated with bringing a new GM variety to market. This means Monsanto has a virtual monopoly. In fact so smart has Monsanto been, if you dug deep enough you may well find they have been resourcing the activists to build the monopoly for them. Ha! Too funny. Laughing all the way to the bank.
18/03/2014 10:34:23 AM

Missed the piont. You can grow GM, just keep It your side of the fence, just like your animals have to be so we don't get black wool cantamination etc.
18/03/2014 1:37:50 PM

Dunart in the great out doors nothing ever stays put .Be it floods , willy- willys heat waves that drop tree branches or mini cyclones that drop next doors shearing shed on the fence .
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