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The threat of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to organic agriculture: A case study update


Paull, J, The threat of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to organic agriculture: A case study update, Agriculture & Food, 3 pp. 56-63. ISSN 1314-8591 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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This paper examines the threat posed by genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to organic certification. In the case of Marsh v Baxter an organic farm in Western Australia is contaminated by GMO material including seeds and seed pods blown from a neighbouring farm and the organic certification is lost. This paper presents a five-year chronology of events and the processes, outcomes and costs of seeking legal redress, of proving negligence and/or nuisance, and of seeking damages and an injunction to constrain the GMO farmer. Damages are agreed at A$85,000 (60,000) while legal costs are in the region of A$2,000,000 (1,400,000) to date.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:canola, GM canola, Roundup Ready canola, RR canola, swathe, Australia, Kojonup, Supreme Court, Appeals Court, Monsanto, WA Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA), Steve Marsh, Susan Marsh, Michael Baxter
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Paull, J (Dr John Paull)
ID Code:114948
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-03-02
Last Modified:2017-04-12
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