Recent comments by: Mischa Popoff

Agribuzz with David Leyonhjelm

When people like David Leyonhjelm stop gloating and actually read the judgment in this case, they'll realize this was not a good outcome for GMO farmers. In fact, it could turn out to be a very bad one.

Cropping

There is no such thing as contamination of an organic crop by GMOs in Australia, same as in America, Canada and India.
Sure, the Europeans yammer on about GMO contamination all the time, but they're no longer able to feed themselves any more, and are forced to import vast amounts of GMO product from Australia, America, Canada and India.
Go figure. Right?
As I have always said, there is no such thing as contamination of an organic crop by GMOs.
Australia is finally getting it straight on the issue of organic v. GMOs. But, ironically, America – the world leader in genetic engineering – continues to go in the wrong direction.
The next thing you know Ford dealerships will be claiming that a neighboring GMO dealership "contaminates" their ability to sell Fords.
We could use a politician like Mr. Joyce over here in North America.
Banning GMOs makes about as much sense as banning TNT, which, believe it or not, the French actually tried doing in the late 19th century for fear that Dynamite was actually too explosive! Isn't that what dynamite is supposed to do? Explode?
In any case, the French preferred sticking with tried-and-true, traditional and "safe" gunpowder. But they quickly changed their minds when it resulted in Napoleon III‘s defeat by the Prussians at the Battle of Sedan in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.
Groups like Deep Green Resistance represent the radical wing of the environmental movement and will stop at nothing to preserve nature, right up to and including the elimination of 75% of humankind.
But what's most disturbing is that all the views held by members of Deep Green Resistance are shared by the urban leadership of the organic movement. The organic industry is, in point of fact, the tip of the spear for the whole environmental movement, luring in unsuspecting consumers under false pretenses to advance a radical, anti-humanistic agenda.
Far from rejecting the science of genetic engineering, it's time for the organic industry to start accepting GMOs on a case-by-case basis. This is what organic regulatory bodies like OMRI and the NOSB do with synthetic materials for which there are no viable natural alternatives.
It's also time for those who defend GMOs to stand firm and resolute against any attempts by organic activists to forestall the use of GMOs in modern agriculture.
“It would be helpful if contamination was actually defined somewhere ...”? What???
There is no definition of contamination of an organic crop by GMOs because there's no such thing as contamination of an organic crop by GMOs!
According to Australian, Canadian and American organic standards, there is no such thing as "contamination" of an organic crop by GMOs. And remember, these are the rules written by organic industry stakeholders, the very same people who now claim GMOs pose a threat to organic farming. Just how bad are these people's memories anyway?
Under Australian law, it's the same as American law; Steve Marsh should never have faced de-certification from his certifying body. This was a set-up right from the start.
Any organic farmer who loses his organic certification – in whole or in part – as a result of perceived GMO “contamination” should sue his certifying body for misreading and overzealously applying the standards.
The certifier in this case has behaved unethically, and is clearly motivated by political rather than scientific or legal considerations.

General

Anti-GMO organic activists can certainly try to claim zero tolerance for GMOs, but the fact of the matter is that there own standard provides no such absolute stricture. In fact, according to Australia's organic standards there is no such thing as contamination of an organic crop by GMOs.

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