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.
The community of Girgarre is ready to realise its musical dreams after receiving a $350 000 Victoria Government Small Town Transformation grant.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
CERES will be moving to a new rhythm on June 10 when Melbourne’s Andrew Swift is joined by the Weeping Willows for a series of performances.
THE Corop Cemetery Trust volunteers are grateful for the volunteer-work from a regional vineyard.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
RENEWAL works have resumed on the Coliban Main Channel this month.
For most 10-year-olds, mischievous isn’t a word often found in their vocabulary, let alone having the ability to spell it correctly. But for Cobram Anglican Grammar Year 5 student Cadence Pang, it’s all in a day’s work.
Local owners stoked with horses success.
Campaspe Shire Council has estimated the direct economic impact to dairy farmers of reduced milk prices at $59 million.
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