- Saturday November 15th, 2014 From 1:30pm to 4:00pm
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Mothers are Demystifying Genetic Engineering
Mothers are Demystifying Genetic Engineering (MADGE) is alarmed by the Western Australia Supreme Court judgement today, which rejected the compensation claim for GM contamination by Steve Marsh in his landmark court case against his GM canola-growing neighbour.
“The right to farm and eat GM-Free is now in doubt” said Jessica Harrison, MADGE co-founder. We want to eat without the threat of GM contamination. This judgement leaves farmers and families facing an uncertain future.
Monsanto has a problem, just six types of soybean provide most of the genes for 136 soy cultivars(1). Crop failures result when the gene pool of crops are too narrow, for example the Irish potato famine and the 1970 US southern leaf corn blight epidemic(2).
Most of the relatives of the soybean (glycine) are native to Australia (3). This isn't preventing Monsanto being granted a patent today by the European Patent Office in Munich (EPO) on screening and selecting for wild and cultivated soybean plants adapted to various climates.
We should accept that all food, including organic, will be contaminated with Genetically Modified (GM) genes, according to the defence in the Steve Marsh case.1
“It is outrageous that ordinary food is being contaminated by GM and we are supposed to just swallow it.” Said Fran Murrell of MADGE. “We found out last year that complete plant genes (GM and non-GM) can pass from food into human blood. This was thought to be impossible"2