This will take one minute of your time, but could have an enormous impact on Australia’s food security. Even just reading about this issue is a step towards a more sustainable food industry for Australia.
Bob Mackley, pictured above, is a grain farmer from Western Victoria. In 2011, a flood washed genetically modified canola from a neighbouring farm onto his property. As a result, Bob incurred clean-up and operations costs at a time when he really didn’t need them. What’s worse, he could no longer sell his crop as GM-free as it was now contaminated.
Bob received no compensation for the contamination to his farm. As he says, “If my sheep got out and caused damage I’d have to take responsibility but there is no system in place to protect us from GM crops. This is the situation organic and conventional farmers face every day in Australia. There have been many GM contamination cases like mine around the country but most farmers don’t say anything – they just swallow it.”