Source: Natural News
Australian farmer Steve Marsh had his organic status pulled by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia, since his organic wheat field had been contaminated by a nearby genetically-modified canola field, Natural News reports. The Australian organic industry holds a "zero tolerance" policy concerning contamination. After Marsh threatened to sue the GM farmer for the incident; Monsanto, the owner of the GM canola, said it would legally back the GM farmer. The GM canola materials blew from a nearby GM field about a mile away and contaminated more than 200 ha of Marsh's organic wheat fields.
The West Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food, Terry Redman, is going after the organic industry, urging it to modify its contamination standards to accommodate Monsanto. Mr Redman has declared that perfect purity is "unrealistic" and that a maximum contamination threshold needs to be established for GM contamination of organics. Despite efforts by Redman to persuade Marsh to influence the NASAA to compromise its high standards, Marsh has indicated that he plans to sue the farmer for ruining his business.