GM threat to organic farm unfair
I was moved to write about what genetically modified organisms mean to me and other like-minded farmers after reading a letter in an agricultural paper and hearing that the South Australian Government was reviewing the South Australian GM moratorium status.
Firstly I (and many others) totally disagree that genetic engineering is like conventional plant breeding.
Conventional plants don’t suddenly produce new antibiotics, insecticides, terminator, silencing genes and novel proteins.
These can have dire effects on plants they cross breed with or the animals that ingest them.
Secondly how unbiased are the views from a company that acts as the world public face of Monsanto/Bayer?
It is coming to light that the touted research for glyphosate has been tampered with, suppressed, poorly executed thereby whitewashing that glyphosate or Roundup is safe.
I am a veterinarian and have an organic dairy, beef and cropping farm in South Australia.
I am very worried that I am in the minority and up against the huge multinational dollars which force their will on how I will farm.
Up till now SA has a GM moratorium but the change of State government is looking at changing this. Canola is grown by surrounding farms.
If they grow GM canola crops, GM seeds would inevitably blow on to and germinate on our property. Then we would be deemed contaminated and lose our organic status. Our right to choose how we want to farm is removed from us and our future children.
What’s more unjust and devastating is that we could then be sued by Monsanto/Bayer for having their genes on our farm, albeit uninvited.
This scenario applies to farms that are conventional and not growing GM crops.
I can’t believe that your income/business can be totally trashed by the rights of others who don’t contain their seeds on their land.
This happened to Steve Marsh in WA.
If it were chemical spray drift that came across from your neighbours and damaged your vegetation then they are responsible and must reimburse you.
Why is this any different? If you cannot contain a dangerous substance/plant /organism you should not be using it. Fair is fair or does that not count anymore?