Steve Marsh GMO Court Case Live On Sustainable Pulse

Staff Writer | Sustainable Pulse | February 10, 2014

The GMO contamination of Steve Marsh’s organic farm in Western Australia has received worldwide attention over the past month under the hash tag #IamSteveMarsh . The WA Supreme Court has started hearing the case today!

Marsh, an organic farmer from Kojonup, south of Perth, lost organic certification for most of his farm when GM canola contaminated his crop. He is suing his farmer neighbour, Michael Baxter, in the Supreme Court.

Sustainable Pulse will bring you court coverage here during the 3 week trial in association with the Australian based Safe Food Foundation who will blog from the court live here:

The Steve Marsh trial has concluded – We await the judgment! (Most likely in April 2014)

Friday 28 February (Day 11) – final day of the trial

The day started with a continuation of establishing a timeline of facts including focus on critical facts including Mr Baxters decision to plant and swath GM canola knowing the risk to Mr Marsh’s certification. Mr Niall countered Ms Cahill’s assertion of NASAA’s unreasonableness (in decertifying Mr Marsh), by walking through specific sections of the NASAA standards and explaining that the NASAA standards based on labelling a product as certified organic, were not for a physical condition, but a quality management system that excludes farm management practises such as chemicals (and GM).