For Biotech Crops Down Under, Logic Rules

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For Biotech Crops Down Under, Logic Rules
Posted on September 18, 2015 by admin

Organic farmers must obey certain guidelines to be in compliance with organic rules — for example they can’t grow genetically engineered (GM) crops, use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. They have on some occasions complained that neighboring farmers put their organic crops at risk if wind-blown pollen from non-organic crops (especially genetically engineered ones) drift into their fields and “contaminate” their crops.

Well, last year in Australia, an organic farmer actually sued a neighbor because, he claimed, some of the neighbor’s GM canola blew onto his field, which resulted in some of his crop losing its organic certification. At first, a court ruled in his favor, but the Australian Court of Appeals reversed that ruling. The Appeals court said that a farmer who grows an unusually sensitive crop cannot impose limits on the activities of their neighbors.

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Photo of Dr. Keith EdmistenDr. Keith EdmistenProfessor of Crop Science & Extension Cotton Specialist (919) 515-4069 keith_edmisten@ncsu.eduCrop and Soil Sciences - NC State University
Updated on Sep 23, 2015
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