Steve Marsh: Help this farmer stop Monsanto’s GM canola

 

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Update: Steve Marsh’s court case finished on February 28, and although we are not sure when the verdict will be out, we will send you an update as soon as we know the outcome of this important landmark case that could change the future of farming in Australia and beyond. Steve’s legal costs have not been fully covered yet please consider making a donation if you can afford it. This campaign would not be where it is today without your support: Thank you so much for being a part of the #IamSteveMarsh movement!

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You might not have heard of Steve Marsh yet but this man could lose everything to protect your right to eat GM-free food. Steve is an organic farmer from a farming community South of Perth in Kojonup, Western Australia and in 2010, the state government of Western Australia lifted the ban on GM canola, allowing for the commercial cultivation of this GM crop for the first time. As a result many farmers, including Marsh’s next door neighbour, began growing GM canola. Subsequently, Steve found GM canola plants spread over much of his farm, containing seed. 70% of Steve’s farm was contaminated and he lost his organic certification.

The full version of our video is also available here.

This contamination has had a dramatic impact on Steve and his livelihood, while Monsanto, because of their no liability agreement signed with each GM farmer, are free of any responsibility for GM contamination. Instead of accepting this biotech invasion, Steve has decided to take a stand. As the only avenue available, Steve is taking his neighbour to court for compensation of loss and damages. The GM farmer is being supported by pro GM lobby group the Pastoralists & Graziers Association. This case is the first of its kind in the world, where an organic farmer is seeking compensation from a GM farmer when his rights have been violated by GM contamination. This is something that Steve does not want to do but he has no other option if he wants to stand up for his right to farm GM free and our right to eat GM free.

“Steve Marsh is one person, but Steve Marsh is everyone”  – Costa Georgiadis   #IamSteveMarsh

The labelling system in Australia and New Zealand is full of loop holes and often the only way to be certain that a food is GM-free is to buy organic. When Steve took his issue to the Agricultural Minister at the time, Terry Redman, he was told that the organic standards are to blame for his loss suggesting that organic foods should allow contamination by GM. We disagree and believe that it is a fundamental right of all of us to grow and eat GM free foods, especially organic foods.

If the court decides that it is ‘unreasonable’ for the organic industry to have a zero tolerance for GMO’s, the result is that in Australia you will have no right to eat GM-free products and no way to guarantee that products grown in Australia are GM-free. The cost to purchase and trade in GM-free products will go up if non-GM farmers have to pay the cost of contamination. And eventually, GM-free crops may be eradicated due to contamination in the long-term!

Steve is standing up for what he believes in but he cannot do it alone that is why the Safe Food Foundation is coordinating fundraising for Steve’s legal costs to ensure that Steve has the best chance to go to court and win for every one of us.

The international law firm of Slater & Gordon has taken on the case under their public interest policy but there are still many other costs necessary for barristers, court costs and expert witnesses and this will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Steve could not take this case without our support.

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If you believe farmers should have the right to produce GM-free food which ultimately equals your right to eat it, if you believe the GM-free farmer should not be the one responsible to pay the cost of contamination, please support Steve and make a donation now!

 

 

 

 

62 Comments

  • Can This Farmer Finally Defeat Monsanto? | Care2 Causes November 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

    [...] This is a guest post from The Safe Food Foundation, an Australian based not-for-profit campaign and advocacy organization. Our mission is to make the [...]

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    • Bruce Clark January 26, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      What can before important than getting involved with defeating this before it sets a precedence that negatively affects the health of almost everyone on the planet?

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  • John Wilson November 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Dear Steve Marsh,
    Of course, bad guys don’t want you to go to court because in a Common Law country like Australia, you have the inalienable Right to Trial by Jury where a Jury of your equals will judge the justice of the law as well as the facts. That’s the only way to defeat these characters and corporations who don’t care how much people are hurt as long as they make a profit.
    So, go to court and give them heaps…. just make sure there is a Jury and that Jury knows what their rights and responsibilities are. Call me of 0401 413 650.
    Yours sincerely,
    John Wilson.

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  • Karen November 20, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Hi
    I organized a rally in Albany in May and we raised $500 which we sent to Steve case
    I’m in Denmark and thinking of hiring a bus to take a group up to Kojunup for the court case day
    Thinking it would be great to have a huge crowd of support there
    I’m part of a WA GM free network and if we had notice and exact times we could put the word out to get people there
    What do you think Of the idea?
    Cheers
    Karen
    98482397

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  • Andrew December 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    It is great to see someone prepared to stand up to a large corporation that has no conscience beyond the profit of its own shareholders. Access to good, wholesome produce should be a right and not a privilege. There is nothing wrong with consuming food that does not meet aesthetic standards or has a few holes in its leaves.

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  • ANDREW FLETCHER December 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I am proud to know people like STEVE who have the courage to stand up to the BULLYBOY
    TACTICS of GOVERNMENTS & MAJOR INTERNATIONAL firms. It is ABOUT TIME that
    MONSANTO was PULLED DOWN A PEG OR TWO as they have a long standing opinion
    that they can RIDE ROUGHSHOD OVER THE WORLD. If farmers desire to stay “” GM”" free
    then they should be protected by the people given the job ( GOVERNMENTS ) to do that.
    Unfortunately LIBERAL \ NATIONAL GOVT’S ALWAYS SIDE with the “” BIG END OF TOWN “”
    Once again it is good to know that there a people like STEVE still in AUSTRALIA ready to
    take the fight to the “” BADDIES “”.

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  • Ron December 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    We are with you Steve

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  • Michel Dawes December 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    FIGHT MONSANTO ALL THE WAY! MONSANTO MUST BE STOPPED FROM THIS TYPE OF CORPORATE CONDONED CONTAMINATION BY STEALTH! Take this donation and put it to good use. WE THE PEOPLE STAND UNITED WITH FARMERS LIKE STEVE AND WILL NOT BE SATISFIED UNTIL MONSANTO IS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!!!

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  • Ernie Gruijthuijsen December 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Dear Steve,

    you are VERY courageous and I sincerely hope that you can win and therewith set a landmark precedent, the Paul Kelly song in the video is poignant indeed. Have donated to your legal fighting fund and will help spread the word.

    Good luck, stay calm, you have a great organisation behind you now.

    Kind regards, Ernie

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  • Roman Golubev December 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Steve,

    Good luck with getting the compensation. However, I’d like to voice my disagreement with you on the subject of using GM crops. Yes, there is a scare campaign and lots of consumers are scared of GM food but there is nothing wrong with it. I’m not going to try to change anyone’s opinion here. I just want to say, it’s OK for me to eat GM food. I’d rather have the farmer use less pesticides or herbicides with GM plants than otherwise.

    Regards,
    Roman

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    • SFF December 11, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Hi Roman,
      Thank you for your comment. Whatever our stance on GM, I think most people agree that the non-GM farmer should not have to pay the cost of contamination and there is nothing in place in Australia to protect farmers in this situation. Biotech companies like Monsanto have a no-liability clause signed by the GM farmer when purchasing their seed, avoiding any responsibility while raking in any profits and destructing farming communities like Steve’s. With regards to your preference for less pesticide and herbicides, the current GM crops that are cultivated are either pesticide producing or herbicide tolerant. So in either case you are eating a crop with the effect of pesticides within it or eating a crop with herbicides soaked in and is surviving its effects. We are also seeing problems with weeds and pests that are growing tolerant to the genetic modification and by that point, stronger chemicals are needed to get the initial desired effect. GM does not produce any benefits for your concerns with pesticides and herbicides in your food. We must be able to make an informed choice and the way that GM is marketed gives us empty promises.

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    • Heather December 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      it is your right to eat GMOs if you wish, and it is MY right to eat organic if I wish. Sadly there is a lot more rules and regulations than you may think for produce to be certified organic. It only takes a little GM pollen to have traits transferred to other crops – and weeds.
      Salient point is that it will take YEARS for this farmer, and a lot of work on his soils, to recover organic status, and in the meantime he is losing money. And as long as his neighbour is growing GM crops the contamination will reoccur.
      Not only that, but local weeds will gradually become RoundUp resistant or BT toxin producing. Likely result? Eventually farmers will have to return to the back breaking work of weeding their crops by hand.

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    • Victoria Bingham March 22, 2014 at 1:11 am

      To Roman who thinks there is nothing wrong with GM foods.. I’ll offer just one example of research but first, let’s set aside the gene splicing and frankensteinesque insertion of animal and viral genetic material into the cells of the ‘edible’ plants, and set aside the poison baths that these ‘edible’ plants are poised to sustain, and set aside the obvious difficulty assuming that none of these poisons are remaining on the edible portions when these plants go to market, or sucked up by the roots into the composition to be eaten by you and your children, let’s set all of this obvious wildly toxic ingestion of poison aside and consider the results that one researcher got by taking 3 sets of rats and feeding them a variety of foods; that is, one set of rats ate GM foodstuffs, another ate ‘conventional foodstuffs’ and yet another set of rats was fed conventional foodstuffs over which Roundup and Pesticides were sprayed… The results were manifest to anyone with ears to hear and eyes to see: the rats that ate the conventional foods, even those sprayed with pesticides – brokered no ill effects. 100% of the rats fed GM foodstuffs developed malignant tumors. 100%. If you don’t see a problem with that, you are an industry troll.

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  • monica December 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you for fighting this on our behalf Steve. I can only imagine the stress this has caused for you and it would have been much easier for you to back down. But you are standing up for the rights of all Australians. Sending you love, blessings and gratitude.

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  • Arjay Martin December 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Good on you for doing something about this travesty. How much are you trying to raise and how much have you raised already?

    Also please sign and share my petition: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Make_Australias_Elections_Free_and_Fair_End_Political_Discrimination_Call_a_Fresh_Election_for_Charlton/?

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    • SFF December 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Hi Arjay, Thank you for commenting! We have been receiving many individual donations so far, as well as help from organic businesses who see the vital connection between the grower and consumers. We are still in need of your help to ensure we have adequate funds to support Steve’s case so please share this site with your friends and family! We estimate that we will need hundreds of thousands of dollars based on the fees of barristers, the travel and accommodation fees that also need to be covered. Unfortunately, as its an ongoing case the necessary funds tend to change based on the next steps of the proceedings but we will keep you updated. Thank you so much for your support.

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  • James December 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

    It is time for people to stand up and start to take note of the facts behind GM. Most people here would probably get very annoyed at anyone who denied global warming, and would be quick to point them to the scientific studies that have been done which prove the existence of anthropogenic climate change. It is hypocritical, therefore, to fail to look at the science behind GM.
    I invite you all, if you have the time, to watch this speech from Mark Lynas, a former anti-GM campaigner. It is very much worth considering what he has to say.
    http://www.marklynas.org/2013/01/lecture-to-oxford-farming-conference-3-january-2013/

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    • SFF December 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Hi James,
      Mark Lynas, a blogger renowned for his conversion from anti-GM activist to GM advocate, has no background in science. If you want to know more about this very controversial character, have a look at this excellent article from GM watch titled “Mark Lynas is lying again!”.
      http://gmwatch.eu/index.php/news/archive/2013/15183-mark-lynas-is-lying-again
      Best,
      Rachel

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      • Ben Simpson February 9, 2014 at 4:20 am

        Nice Steve :) I’ve donated and know your in for one hell of a fight against a monster in all forms of the word. Corrupt, nefarious, and downright evil.. I hope for all our sakes you destroy all they stand for. I’m a doctor and I – and a bunch of my friends think your awesome. Good on you :)

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  • arabella December 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

    You may like to contact this group who have been fighting the Monsanto GM group in the USA

    Food Democracy Now

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  • kevin December 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    This is not the first of the big American companies trying to take over all grain product farming in the world. If this is following the usual trend of the big American companies then “they” will sneak in other regulations, Ie, you have to plant or use “their GM product”.

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  • George Hayes December 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    It is time all fair minded people stood up for their rights, there is no justice available to the ordinary man in the street. Contacting politicians is a total waste of time. Only when concerned residents support each other {en masse} will something be achieved.
    Good luck Steve Marsh.

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  • Anne Armstrong December 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Steve, your Mum is my second-cousin and she has told me about your fight for justice. You KNOW that you are in the right. We are in the UK, but will be following developments closely, as the outcome of this case has huge implications for all of us. Wishing you all the best. Stay strong.

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  • Luke December 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

    It seems to me that in every state of this country the parliaments are full of corrupt politicians (and let’s not mention federal!)

    It’s time politicians stop acting like an authority and realise they have broken the trust agreement made with us the people who put them in power (I think they think it’s the corporate donors that get them the votes).

    Good luck there Steve I really hope you win!

    Terry Redman:
    Freecall: 1800 644 811
    Phone: 08 9851 1544
    Fax: 08 9851 1912
    Email: terry.redman@mp.wa.gov.au

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  • Alyn Roule December 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    ADD this to your Case
    “The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has asked the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to review Commonwealth legislation to identify provisions that unreasonably encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges.

    Senator Brandis said that the review will be one of the most comprehensive and important ever undertaken by the ALRC.

    “This is a major instalment towards the commitment I made to restore the balance around the issue of human rights in Australia,” said Senator Brandis.

    “I have asked the Commission to identify where traditional rights, freedoms and privileges are unnecessarily compromised within the legal structure of the Commonwealth. Where encroachments exist, the Commission will determine whether they are justified.

    “For too long we have seen freedoms of the individual diminish and become devalued. The Coalition Government will strive to protect and restore them.”

    “Freedoms are some of the most fundamental of all human rights. They underpin the principles of democracy and we cannot take them for granted.

    “The Commission will focus in particular upon commercial and corporate regulation; environmental regulation; and workplace relations

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  • Marc December 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Greetings from Toowoomba,

    I have followed GMO and GEO issues for some time now and having recently moved from here from San Francisco (Santa Rosa to be exact), I can attest to the fast-paced changes occurring across society and to our food supply in general.

    As part of my research in ecology as I work towards a second master’s degree in Climate Adaptation and Sustainability, I recently published a paper on transgenic salmon (AquAdvantage) soon to enter the North American market. Had I known about Steve Marsh a little sooner, his story would have been a fascinating case example of the consequences of the escape of GMO’s and their genetically engineered material.

    I stand in support of Steve, and I will do all I can to raise awareness and if possible, contributions, to support Steve, his family, and his fight.

    Good luck Steve,

    ~ Marc

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  • Arabella December 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Avaaz is helping those in Argentina fighting the new Monsanto seed factory

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_monsanto_in_argentina_global_/?bhIZRcb&v=32825

    An avaaz campaign would help here in Australia also.

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  • janine December 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Turn up at the court on the 10th people . Lets make a stand .

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  • Sam Trethewey December 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I’m not pro-GM, and I’m not pro-organic – whatever works for the farmer and his market.

    There seems to be quite a few facts missing from the video, no doubt to assist the desired opinion and consequent influence of behaviour to donate.

    Could we perhaps be informed as to how the spread of GM Canola pollen across 70pc of Steve’s property contaminates his fodder and crops? What actual costs do his plants bare? What actual compromise has there been at a physiological or biological level and not just a “label” or “image” level?

    Next door no doubt sprayed glyphosate, trisulfuron and may have even slug baited… drift happens…. does that not also challenge his organic status?

    Also, tread carefully regarding the notion it’s affecting “conventional” non-organic farmers. There’s more of them than GM licences and organic farmers put together and we’re yet to see ANY compromise in crop yields, stock health or soil biology from being next door to GM Canola.

    The rules and regs of organic certification are of question here.

    I’m not having a crack, I’m just wanting to see a case, video or incentive for interest, support or donation paint the FULL story. Once I have it, I can then give full support.

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    • SFF December 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Sam, thanks for your comment. One fact I can correct is that it was GM canola seed that was attached to dried canola plants that blew onto and contaminated Steve’s farm, not pollen. Steve does not grow organic canola and thus pollen flow was not an issue here.

      The rest of the facts will come out at trial and we are not allowed to report them prior to them being aired at trial.

      Best regards, Scott

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  • Thomas Gilbert December 23, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I support organic non GMO foods always. I have a satire parody entitled “If I Ran Monsanto, by Dr. Sues” that I wish to share with anyone who wishes to expose Monsanto for the monster that it truly is. Give me an email address and I’ll paper-clip the story to a file for you to help educate the public. Blessings, Tom Gilbert thomasgilbert2052@yahoo.com

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  • Mike Armstrong December 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Onya Steve and SFF. You are fighting the good fight. Justice MUST prevail.
    It was great to see in this Weekend’s Australian that Matt Preston has added his weighty support to this campaign. Harnessing the network he has at his disposal could be just the tonic for your cause. I’ve e-mailed the Oz congratulating him for stepping up and added the link to the SFF website in the hope it might just get a mention. This is like the fight to save the forests or the oceans…it’s a primal scream !

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  • Merel December 30, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Fully supporting Steve!
    How about starting an Avaaz global petition. Surely that will go viral and have consequences for the court case if not also for Australian politics and laws.
    I will defenitely sign it, please start one!

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    • SFF December 30, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Hi Merel,
      There is already a change.org petition that mentions Steve’s case: change.org/contamination
      Please sign and share!
      Best,
      Rachel

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  • Luigi Rosolin December 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I certainly support Steve Marsh. First the decision of the WA government to allowed GM cultivation had been wrong as is well know proved that can’t be limited to some area. The Monsanto company had a reputation of corruption and bad practice. People that are informed are refusing to eat food genetically modify as is real health risk. The impact where such crop had been extensively used had create enormous damage to fauna and flora. My hope is that company and WA government will be found responsible with the neighbor farmer of damage. God bless you in your battle for justice.

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  • ShazzyBee December 31, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Just put $5 into the cause!!! not much but every little bit will help… i dont want this for my kids :(

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  • Lisa Howieson December 31, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Steve, congratulations on having the guts to take a stand against Monsanto. They say GM is safe – they used to say the same about asbestos! Thank you for doing what so many others wish they had the courage to do. Good luck from another non-GM farmer.

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  • amber January 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Dear Steve, from the bottom of my heart I thank you for having the courage to stand up and fight for what is right, and as a mother of a one year old, fighting for the future and health of the generations to come. Wishing you all the luck for a successful outcome. Thank you!!!!

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  • Lorraine Gonzalez January 10, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Thank you Steve for standing up for your rights our rights our children’s and future generations. I only purchase organic produce that includes my fruit and veg meat and pantry goods. That’s what I don’t grow in my own backyard from organic seed. I don’t want GM toxins in my body or my children. That’s my choice and my right. You have my full support to have the right to produce crops that are certified organic and the fact that you have had that taken from you is disgraceful. I don’t use this word often but I HATE Monsanto.

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  • Caomil31 January 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    It’s not an hazard if Monsanto has a clause of non-liability with the farmers who buy OGM. They know everything about the consequences of their business, so why they will stand behind the farmer who used their seeds. Hope that can become a jurisprudence all other the world!!!

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  • Jo January 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I have always been annoyed at the righteousness of organic farmers. Just because they are organic everyone around hem has to accommodate them. Whether it be spraying, what the plant and how they do it. It they want to be organic fine but their neighbours have a right to run businness also and make a profit.

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    • SFF February 10, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Hi Jo, Steve is an organic farmer but this is about all GM-free farmers, including conventional farmers and their rights to choose to grow GM-free crops. The complexity in this case is that all farmers have a right to choose what they grow, but when one method damages the other’s rights to an income, their hard work and the consumer’s who buy from them – the responsibility and who it belongs to needs to be addressed.

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      • First Officer February 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

        @SFF, so, if i am a farmer growing heirloom wheat that my customer wants to be 100% pure, then i can sue my neighbor modern, but still non-gm, wheat farmer if a small number of his wheat seeds get mixed in with my crop and my customer rejects my crop?

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        • SFF February 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

          hi first officer – no you can not, unless you can demonstrate you are owed a duty of care and that the duty of care was breached. i know you are watching the case and read your comments on various rural news sites. my advice is to check all the facts of the case before putting forward hypotheticals like this that are different.

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  • Sally Lee January 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Steve, I was brought up in Kojonup (Jingalup). In the 1970′s there was no chemical and slowly, slowly the chemicals came. My Dad resisted until my brother came back from agricultural college in the late 1980′s, dead keen to use chemicals like his mates. He did. There was no turning back then. Next has been GM. It is silly to produce chemical ridden grains you would not eat yourself.

    I commend you in upholding good farming values and commitment to clean food. I am sure you would have the support of all the old people who powerlessly saw the land turned this way because of the unrelenting advertising dollar of the chemical and seed companies over a few short decades..

    I wish you every success and that you can return to farming cleanly on your property in a timely way. I hope your good values spread to others in the shire. All power to you!

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  • Dawn Francis January 12, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Help this farmers top monsanto’s GMCanola

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  • David Shepherd January 14, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Government for the people by the people…
    I say we put up a vote of no confidence in our state government and system.
    Let the Minister for the environment come from that area, let the Minister of Health come from Hospital management.

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  • Wes McLaverty January 24, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Write emails individually to all Primary State Fed Ministers for Agriculture….re labelling with heavy fines and suspension of licences in worse cases. Chemicals are already flooding land discharging to rivers oceans Do you think people that dont live here will care about the pollution they generate here. China and india dont even csre about their own food snd land how are they going to take care of Australia. This is more than land rights !!!

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  • Fern January 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    We are with you in Hawai’i Steve!!!! #iamstevemarsh

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  • Peter Gray February 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Congratulations Steve. More strength to your arm ! We so-called fee citizens are being over-run by big business
    without recourse . It is time that all such action must be
    approved before being foist on the public. Go for it mate.

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  • Peter McSween February 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Steve & SFF, all the best with this, there is a limited future for chemical farming & GM foods but lifetimes left with organic & sustainable farming. The message needs to go out to the big corporations that the individual needs to be looked after and not bullied. Once again my hope is that you have a win in this case. Cheers, Peter.

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  • carriejoy February 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Steve, I sued my neighbour over chemical trespass at Medicine Gully, it was only wild blackberries, but I used them and kept them in check by hand. The spray contractor was sent by the local landcare group, who told my neighbour the “blackberries would have to go”. Of course they were all back the following year with garlon contamination. The neighbour got angry and sued me for costs of $20,000; I had to go to the Supreme Court of SA to save my home from being sold under me (2006). Now I am working on a Chemical Free Catchment Plan for the watercourse of Karra Wirra Parri (the Torrens) with some support from the NRM, who are basically too frightened to acknowledge the damage they have done with chemicals. It is essential that you connect with traditional owners of your area, as they can help you in caring for country, and in planning food production for the future. We have all been schooled in learned helplessness, as part of the colonial process, and rely too heavily on supermarkets, the packaging industry and the farmers,

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  • Russell Knock February 8, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Hi Steve, I am sorry I don’t have any money to support your cause , but I can pray to support you. I think its time the big companies learned they cannot walk over the little bloke, Gods blessings on your day in court, Rusty.

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  • Taryn Ward February 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Good on you for standing up for what you believe in, best of luck in the trial and I hope you win so your case can set a precedence for others that may be facing the same fight!

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  • Joseph Figliuolo February 9, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Win or lose the court case. Monsanto must fall. Their history is insidious, soon they will actially reap all the contimination they have sown since Agent Orange.

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  • Teresa Di Chiera February 10, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Will be thinking of you and your team tomorrow. Have donated and was at supreme court gardens today because I am a strong supporter of non gm farming methods. Good luck for the road ahead and thank you for taking on the fight.

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  • Elisabeth Jenders February 14, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Maybe this depicts how the courts rule:
    I’m using the image of the soil being a mother, with the farmer planting his seeds into her, like he fathers children with his wife.
    Mr. M(onsanto) rapes Mrs. F(armer), she becomes pregnant by him.
    The way a judge would rule normally is that Mr. M pays maintenance for the baby to Mr. and Mrs. F.
    Not in this case: Mr. M sues Mr. F to hand over not only this baby, but all their other children too, and to pay maintenance for them – and the court rules in his favour!

    Best of luck, Steve!

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  • Peter G March 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

    The consumption of genetically modified organisms are linked to ongoing health issues especially for many suffering from allergies. Many of ‘the better informed’ I know that live in Sydney for e.g., refuse to knowingly consume products that contain canola – period.
    I want choice! I want to know what I eat! I don’t want an ever decreasing range of natural fresh food choices. I don’t want a multi-national corporation with an identity profile of a pschopath serving or controlling me with anything.
    I want GMO labelling laws. I want choice and I want profit hungry lobbyists OUT of politics. Companies like Monsanto, Dow and like, don’t represent our best interests. Why do our courts or laws tolerate such blatant bribery of public officials?
    Choose now or forever be part of the global village of the damned!
    Is it time for a good olde fashion ‘tar & feathering’ of more than a few key executives and their corporate & bureaucratic power mongers & pions alike? Heat up the tar pots and start plucking (the organic) chickens! Shareholders in these corporations also need to be treated like ants under a magnifying glass on a sunny day. Dare I say, “Cook ‘em Danno!”?

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  • Pandu March 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Hats off to Steve for fighting for a natural organic agriculture.
    Basic crime committed by GM farmer is not knowing much of the implications of the contract signed with seed co and also the contamination the seed will cause to the nature.
    GM farmers and their supporters may not have their livess to realise as the grand kids will not know who caused the mess of nature including degradation of child producing capacity of men and women due to consumsion of non-natural grains.

    If u have chance please read the book “World according to Monsanto…” by Marie-Monique Robin, which details the contaminated agri of US

    Regards

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