Australian organic farmer to appeal lost landmark GM crop ‘contamination’ case

Organic Kojonup farmer Steve Marsh and his wife Sue will appeal the Western Australia Supreme Court’s decision in the high profile case against their neighbor Mike Baxter.

The Marshes attempt to sue Baxter for $85,000 in compensation and claim a permanent injunction to stop their neighbour growing genetically modified (GM) canola was rejected by Justice Ken Martin. The Marshes had 21 days in which to appeal the decision handed down on May 28 and issued a statement today with that deadline nearing closure. Marsh said after a lot of consideration, he and his wife Sue had decided to exercise their right to appeal.

Baxter’s lawyer, Bradley Bayley Legal partner Brian Bradley, said he would be advising his client against making any further media comment, until the appeal process was concluded. “There’s nothing more to say other than I’m surprised there’s been an appeal in this matter.”

WA Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) Western Grain Growers Committee president John Snooke said “we respect Steve Marsh’s right to appeal and we’re really interested to see the grounds of the appeal when they’re made public.”

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