SYDNEY – An Australian farmer who lost his organic produce license after his fields were contaminated by a neighbor’s genetically modified canola crop has failed to win his test case for losses.
In a judgment that could influence how GM crops are grown in Australia, a judge also denied an injunction to protect Steve Marsh’s crops against future contamination.
Marsh sued neighbor Michael Baxter following the loss of organic certification on 70 percent of his land in 2010 after parts of canola plants and seed from Baxter’s farm blew onto his property. He claimed the loss cost him financially.
But in a 150-page judgment Wednesday, the court noted that genetically modified canola was approved for farming in Australia in 2010 and Baxter did nothing wrong in cultivating and harvesting the crop.