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Australian Organic Farmer’s Fields Are Contaminated By GM Canola Seeds

December 10, 2010: 10:51 AM EST

A West Australian organic farmer is considering suing to recover financial losses sustained when genetically modified canola seeds contaminated two thirds of his arable land. Australia has a zero-tolerance organic policy regarding GM foods. The farmer says his tests detected GM canola seeds had drifted 1.5 km within his boundaries, contaminating about 540 acres. The National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) is investigating the problem, the farmer says. “Our livelihood is at stake as we are a certified organic farm and rely on the premium that comes with selling guaranteed GM-free organic food, in Australia and in overseas markets,” he adds. Despite governmental promises that GM technology can be segregated and contained, it is becoming apparent to many that it really can’t be.

Josette Dunn, "GM canola contaminates organic farm", AFN, December 10, 2010, © AFN
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