The outcome of the Western Australia court case won't change certification standardsJune 3, 2014 3:20am
The Supreme Court case between Western Australian farmers Steve Marsh and Michael Baxter opened a fresh can of worms after the ruling last Wednesday.
Because the Australian organic standard considers cross pollination to be contamination, the disagreement between the GM and organic sectors on the rules and legal protection of the respective industries has flared.
While GM foods are legal, the consumer demand for organic food is noticeable and the Australian Organic Market Report found 62 per cent of organic consumers bought organic because it was non-GM.
Australia is the only country with an organic certification standard that requires organic foods to be 100 per cent GM-free.
Australian Organic’s chairman Andrew Monk said the organisation would stand behind the Australian certified organic standard and the organisation wanted to see a review of the laws and codes of GM production.
He said increasing land buffer zones between properties and changing harvesting practices would help reduce genetic contamination risks.
‘‘Unfortunately GM technology has imposed some significant additional risk management and testing requirements on the organic sector,’’ Dr Monk said.
‘‘GM testing has joined the ranks of the pesticide and herbicide tests that we already do.’’
He said Australian Organic would continue to stand by its Australian Certified Organic Standard which prohibited GM materials.
‘‘Growing food without synthetic chemicals, without cages and without the use of hormones, antibiotics and GM is not an ideology,’’ Dr Monk said.
‘‘It’s not ideological to meet consumer expectations, it’s good business sense.’’
According to IBISWorld, organic farming was one of Australia’s best performing agricultural industries and expected to grow 50 per cent due to customer demand in the next five years.
Police abandoned a pursuit near Shepparton East for safety concerns after the pursued car reached speeds of 140km/h.
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
Budding basketballer Krystelle Lloyd will represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this year.
Corop’s Clem Furphy received an Order of Australia Medal for his service to health care and the Goulburn Valley community in this year’s Australia Day honours list.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Deniliquin region deemed ideal for paragliding by world's best.
SPC Ardmona’s managing director Peter Kelly will end his association with the company when his two-year commitment to the job expires at the end of March.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
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