Opinion: WA’s court verdict on GM crops is a dose of common sense

June 4, 2014

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Professor Mike Jones believes the decision from the landmark Western Australian Supreme Court case about genetically modified crops is a victory for common sense.

In an article in The Conversation Professor Jones discussed the case where a farmer growing a genetically modified canola crop has been spared the blame after his neighbour accused him of contaminating his organic farm next door.

“Zero tolerance to GM material (or other materials) is impossible to achieve, and as such the organic standards create an unrealistic situation that was bound to lead to the sort of dispute that occurred between Marsh and Baxter,” said Professor Jones.

Read the full article here.

Mike Jones is the Professor of Agricultural Biotechnology at Murdoch University and Foundation Director of the WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC). He specialises in plant biotechnology, biosecurity, genetically modified plants and the molecular basis of interactions between plants and plant pathogens.

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