West Australian organic canola farmer Steve Marsh is pictured at the fence line of his property and his neighbour Michael Baxter's (background) genetically-modified (GMO) canola farm in Kojonup, in ... more 
West Australian organic canola farmer Steve Marsh is pictured at the fence line of his property and his neighbour Michael Baxter's (background) genetically-modified (GMO) canola farm in Kojonup, in this September 10, 2011 picture by Safe Food Foundation. Marsh is suing former childhood friend Michael Baxter after harvested seed heads from Baxter's genetically modified canola crop blew onto Marsh's farm in the state of Western Australia, court documents said, contaminating land used for his organic oat and wheat crops. Marsh, stripped of his organic certification and export licence for his oats, is claiming unspecified damages for loss of income in the civil negligence case, which opens on February 10, 2014 in the West Australian Supreme Court. It is the first time in Australia one farmer has sued another for negligence over contamination of organic crops by genetically modified organisms (GMO) and will set a precedent for future cases, lawyers said. REUTERS/Scott Kinnear/Safe Food Foundation/Handout via Reuters (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH AGRICULTURE CRIME LAW BUSINESS) ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS less 
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