Steve Marsh Loses Bid for Review In High Courts – Boo Monsanto!

I originally posted this in February 2014.

A couple days ago, Steve Marsh loss his last appeal in the Australian courts. Seems the courts think it’s OK for contaminates to spoil organic land. Those Monsanto butthead’s are cheering. I’m too angry to post the details. The link has a detailed article.

Original Post:

I grow all organic in my personal veggie garden. Why? Because I feel there is no reason to use harsh chemicals in my vegetable garden and do not want to be eating these same chemicals. Before I go on, I must say that I do believe there is a time and place for pesticides. I do have my pesticide certification for my area, as even an organic farmer must have. Natural areas have some highly invasive weeds to contend with. IPM (Integrated Pest Management) aids widespread infestation of these weeds/insects by allowing stewards to apply pesticides responsibly.

So why has eating, a basic need of life, become so difficult nowadays? The warning information stated on Monsanto’s web site should be enough to sway any health seeking individual not to eat these foods, but surely the information is written to make the chemicals seem tame. For comparison, here is Roundup’s warning label. Yes, the food grown by Monsanto is edible, however, many folks can and will develop medical issues they will suffer from and NEVER think to blame the food they are ingesting. Many will go to their Western medicine doctors, who will order expensive tests and prescribe lifelong medications to treat the symptoms to no avail. But just think. If these folks were to just STOP eating vegetables laced with Roundup (among other chemicals) maybe their rashes, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, etc. would miraculously disappear!

At the VERY LEAST, we consumers should have a choice if we don’t want to ingest chemicals or genetically modified foods (GMO’s), and Monsanto seems to be telling us WE DON’T!

Monday, Steve Marsh, an organic grower will be going to court on this topic. Please sign the petition (via the link below) to help stop Monsanto from interfering with organic farmers everywhere!

Here is the story from The Sum of Us, a great bunch of fiesty folks fighting for our rights!

imageA threat to an organic farmer anywhere, is a threat to all organic farmers everywhere!

Next week, an important case is being heard halfway around the world in Western Australia about organic farmer Steve Marsh, whose organic field was contaminated by his neighbor’s genetically engineered canola. As a result,Steve lost his organic certification and as much as 70% of his Steve’s farm has been contaminated with Monsanto’s patented genes.

In 2010, Steve’s neighbor planted Monsanto’s GMO Roundup Ready canola in a field next to his organic canola and it wasn’t long before Steve discovered that his organic crop had been contaminated. With clever fine print in their seed contracts, Monsanto is not legally liable for their patented genes contaminating an organic farmer’s field due to their “no liability” agreement they force farmers who plant their GMO seeds to sign.

As a result, Steve’s farm income and family’s livelihood has been put at risk. He could literally lose everything.

Please join us and stand with organic farmer Steve Marsh to protect the rights of organic farmers everywhere! Every voice counts!

Dear Honourable President and members of the Australian Senate,

I stand with organic farmer Steve Marsh in his effort to protect his farm and family’s economic livelihood from unwanted contamination by Monsanto’s patented genes.

I’m outraged that an organic farmer’s fields can become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops and that farmer not only loses their certification, but there is no legal recourse to protect them or pay for their economic loses.

It’s important that the Senate hold an inquiry into the post-commercialization impacts of existing regulated genetically engineered crops and provide legal protections and economic compensation for organic farmers whose crops become contaminated.

Farmers and citizens alike deserve to know the impacts that GMO crops and food have on environmental and human health and create laws based on transparency and precaution.


23 thoughts on “Steve Marsh Loses Bid for Review In High Courts – Boo Monsanto!

  1. Thanks for posting this! It’s a terrible problem. Any wind pollinated crop is at risk, including cannabis that is grown within several miles of contaminated hemp crops. In addition, our friends the birds carry seeds from one field to another. I’m sure you can tell us about other ways organic fields can become contaminated, like water runoff, and what else?

    I agree there’s a time and a place for chemical treatments, but there are also agents that are more environmentally friendly than others, and methods of application that permit the chemicals to degrade to acceptable levels prior to harvest. I’ve developed effective pesticides using essential oils dissolved in vegetable soaps and/or glycerine that are very effective against white fly, spider mites, and scale…And also head lice, which is what I originally developed it for, because my community in Israel had an epidemic of permethrin-resistant live in the schools. Worked beautifully. For large scale crops it might be too expensive, but for home gardeners and house plants it’s great. Just have to stop spraying at least a week before harvest because as you know, “natural” does not equal “non-toxic.”

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    • Great comment! !
      Yes, wind contamination is a huge problem, as you can’t just turn off the ‘wind fan’ when things start pollinating. Also, I’m sure you’ve read (or heard) about the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carlson. If our feathered friends start eating these Monsanto seeds, what will happen to them? Also, if we loose all of our bees to viruses, are wind pollinated crops all we’ll eat? It’s scary!
      Yes, run off is a huge problem, even with plain, normal fertilizer. Just look at the mouth of the Mississippi, there is a huge algae bloom in the delta from all the farmers along the river dumping into it.
      I’m so glad you mixed up some home brews to send the lice and other creepy-crawlys away! Permethrin is a great find for organic folks. (Made from chrysanthemums if anyone was curious) and I bet your mixes work great!
      It’s also about time & patience. I was able to get rid of fleas on Breck by picking them off of him. Took awhile, but he was free of them in a couple weeks.

      After this TPP thing passes also, we’ll see many more court cases being lost by little farmers to Monster-santo 😢

      All in all. Mother Earth will live on long after us humans make it inhabitable for ourselves.


      • Hmm, fleas. How did you manage with the eggs, larvae, and the cocoons that are hibernating in the cracks of your floor? Those little time bombs! I finally caved in and started using Siphotrol, which is the only flea-specific growth regulator on the market that not only works, but is so narrowly species specific that it doesn’t seem–and I use the word SEEM–to be dangerous to the environment. There is also an application for the yard, which is the perennial source of reinfestation.

        Fleas carry tapeworm and other parasite larvae, so they are not simply pesky itch-mongers.

        Yes indeed, I read Silent Spring when I was ten, when DDT and 2,4D were still in use, and my family lived in an area where crop duster planes regularly flew over and dumped poison on us. Our animals still had fleas, though. But the robin’s eggs I tried to steal out of their nests broke in my hand.

        I’m glad that your profession puts you in a position to be an advocate for environmental responsibility, even though it might feel like an uphill battle. Keep fighting!

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        • The fleas took many avenues of attack. I did use ‘Capstar’ (a Nitenpyram product) a pill that kills adult fleas. I had to use something! =-O I did also make him lay in my lap and I picked everything off of him that even remotely felt like a flea. Did you know the baby fleas eat the adult flea poop? ICK! But, that means you need to pull the poop off also. I bathed him once a week and brushed him a lot also. So far, it’s been 3 years and no return of ’em. Whew!!
          I try to be Mother Earth’s advocate, but it’s a tough job. Humans put humans first. That won’t change. =-(
          I also work for the 1%. They DO NOT CARE about the environment, they only care if their grass is greener, pool is bigger and their heated asphalt driveway is bigger than their neighbors!! Sorry, Monday mouth!


          • Wow, you are amazing, to go to that extent of physical decontamination! The ultimate grooming. Did he also groom you, with the doggie click-click-click? No, I did not know that baby fleas eat “flea dirt,” but it doesn’t surprise me. I just want to know whose idea fleas, chiggers, ticks, mosquitos, fire ants, horseflies, killer bees, etc, are. When I find out there’s going to be hell to pay.


            • Back when I was Christian, I thought surely the devil made those evil stinging, biting, irritating things! Now, I tend to think of them as the balance to the butterflies, birds and honeybees.
              I know. .. I must be on a happy drug 😍 Wait. .. I am! Ha ha!
              I just think ‘food web’ here. All those icky things are food for the things I like.
              I think Yoda would say, “we need balance to the force. ” 😉


  2. It is very hard as a human being to stay healthy on this planet. Earth will become more polluted with each generation. It is hard to win a fight with the Big Guys who are in charge. The Mississippi River is one polluted river, have stood on its banks and seen the pollution first hand. Thanks for posting this story of Steve Marsh, sad situation.

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