Groundbreaking GMO case in Australia to draw the line between GMO and Organic farmers.

gmausSteve Marsh, an in , has filed a lawsuit against his , Michael Baxter, who farms organisms, (GMOs).

The basis of Marsh’s lawsuit is that he lost his highly priced organic certification due to the sowing practices of his resulting in GM canola of his crop. Marsh is claiming economic damages as a direct result of the GM which resulted in the loss of his organic certification by, (National Association of ), NASAA. Baxter has maintained that he complied with GM sowing protocols and bought the seeds from , the world’s largest seed company.

The question remains as to who is legally liable. The GM manufacturer for not providing terminator seeds and following up with the GM farmer to ensure that he complies with GM sowing practices to minimize or the GM farmer who negligently  sows and harvests GM so that of neighboring farms and plots is guaranteed.

In the United States has no hesitation in suing farmers who have GM growing on their farms although they did not plant the crop citing patent infringement. Farmers with contaminated may have a legal resource suing the GM manufacturer for not ensuring that their does not contaminate their organic crop. This case is very relevant in addressing the legal liability and impact of farmers affected by .

Source

Sustainable Pulse.

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