The Safe Food Foundation is coordinating fundraising support for the legal expenses of Steve Marsh, an organic farmer from Kojonup, Western Australia, whose farm was contaminated by genetically modified (GM) canola in late 2010.
This has led to the loss of Steve's organic certification by the National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA). He can no longer grow GM-free food and has no recourse under State and Federal laws that allow the planting of GM canola crops next to non-GM crops with only a five-metre buffer zone.
Steve has retained national public interest law firm Slater & Gordon to initiate litigation against the GM farmer for loss and damage. This will be a landmark case that could potentially ensure the rights of non-GM farmers, and the rights of consumers, to choose safe, non-GM foods.
The Safe Food Foundation, in partnership with Friends of the Earth, is operating a joint project to raise funds for Steve's legal expenses in this important public interest case.
By making this tax-deductible donation you will ensure that your right to choose GM free food, and Australian farmers' rights to produce GM-free food is protected.
Please visit the Safe Food Foundation website for further information.