Safe Food Foundation Press Releases
A new research paper, published today in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability confirms that genetically modified (GM) crops have lower yields than non-GM crops. It also corroborates previous studies showing that GM crops have led to an increase in overall pesticide use. Read more
13 June 2013- PIG STUDY SHOWS HARM FROM GM FOOD
A new research paper, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Organic Systems and released on Wednesday, revealed that pigs are seriously harmed by the consumption of feed containing genetically modified (GM) crops over a commercial rearing lifetime. Pigs fed on the GM diet had more severe stomach inflammation and GM fed females had on average a 25% heavier uterus than non-GM-fed females. Read more
Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed a farmer from Oregon found illegal genetically modified (GM) wheat plants in his field. This herbicide-tolerant wheat developed by the biotech transnational Monsanto to withstand direct application of Roundup was last authorised to be tested in open air fields in Oregon in 2001. It is uncertain how the contamination happened. Read more
Food safety campaigners say Australians should be alarmed by research just published in the international journal Environment International showing that regulators are making untested assumptions about the safety of new GM crops that could affect the genes of humans that consume them.
The paper, “A comparative assessment of the regulation of GM crops or products containing dsRNA and suggested regulatory improvements”, by researchers in New Zealand, Australia and Brazil, is available free at http://bit.ly/14i7pyG courtesy of The Safe Food Foundation. Read more
24 February 2013- WA Election Say NO to GMO
The Safe Food Foundation has placed TV commercials on Western Australian TV to balance the debate on GM food in the WA state election 9 March 2013.
1.8 million people will see our TV ads 2.92 times in WA; approx 6 million views
GM foods are not safe, regulators have failed to protect us, and the WA Liberals and WA Nationals have a policy that ignores the independent science showing evidence of harm. Instead they are promoting GM crops to farmers and the public. Read more
21 January 2013 – AUSTRALIAN REGULATORS URGED TO CHECK POISON THREAT FROM G.M. FOOD
Australian food regulators are being urged to investigate alarming reports from Europe that GM crops worldwide may contain a gene that is potentially poisonous to humans.
A study by the EU’s official food watchdog – the European Food Safety Authority – has revealed that the international approval process for GM crops failed to identify the gene when these food crops were being assessed for safety. Read more
21 September 2012 – GM & ROUNDUP LINKED TO TUMOURS IN RATS
Consumers have been urged to make up their own minds as controversy rages over European findings linking tumors in rats with genetically modified corn and the world’s top-selling herbicide, Roundup.
The paper, “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified corn”, published by the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, reports on a study led by molecular biologist and endocrinologist Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, of the University of Caen, France. Read more
The first animal feeding trial studying the lifetime effects of exposure to Roundup tolerant GM corn, and Roundup, the world’s best-selling weedkiller, shows that levels currently considered safe can cause tumours and multiple organ damage and lead to premature death in laboratory rats, according to research published online today by the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. Read more
11 September 2012 – SCIENTISTS WARN ON CSIRO GM WHEAT THREAT
Expert scientists warn that genetically modified wheat may cause Glycogen Storage Disease IV, resulting in an enlarged liver, cirrhosis of the liver, and failure to thrive. Children born with this disease usually die at about the age of 5.
Australia is on track to be the first country in the world to grow GM wheat commercially, and to test this in human feeding trials. Read more
15 May 2012 – GM canola buffer lifted from 5m to 1.1km
Farmers would be well advised to re-consider planting GM canola after the latest development in the legal case between a WA organic farmer and his neighbour.
Steve Marsh of Kojonup lost organic certification for nearly 70 per cent of his 478-hectare farm after it was contaminated by GM canola that allegedly had blown onto his property from a neighbour’s in late 2010. Read more
Slater & Gordon Solicitors today lodged a claim in the WA Supreme Court on behalf of an organic farmer seeking to recover loss and damage allegedly caused by a genetically modified canola farmer neighbour. Steve Marsh, an organic farmer from Kojonup, Western Australia, suffered contamination by GM material on his farm in late 2010 leading to the loss of his organic certification and loss of income. Read more
11th August 2011 – Safe Food Foundation Retains Slater & Gordon in WA GM Canola Spill
Following the truck fire and spill on Tuesday of 15 tonnes of GM canola in the middle of a self declared GM-free zone in WA, the Safe Food Foundation has retained Slater & Gordon lawyers to provide legal advice and support to the local GM-free grain growers. The Safe Food Foundation will also provide free GM test kits for the local GM-free grain growers who
want to test their crops this coming harvest. Read more
5th August 2011 – Organic Farmer to Appear at Sydney Organic Expo
Farmer Steve Marsh, who last week announced his intention to issue proceedings through Slater & Gordon Lawyers against a neighbouring farmer whose GM canola allegedly contaminated his organic farm, will be appearing at the Sydney Organic Expo & Green Show International at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, later today. Read more
28th July 2011 – Organic Farmer Sues GM Neighbour
Steve Marsh, an organic farmer from Kojonup, Western Australia, whose farm was contaminated by genetically modified (GM) canola in late 2010 leading to the loss of his organic certification by the National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), today announced he has retained Slater & Gordon Lawyers with the intention to lodge a writ against the GM farmer in the WA Supreme Court to fight for compensation and damages. Read more