Environmental and conservation laws put squeeze on polluters
December 21, 2009 11:00pm
A COMPENSATION fund to ensure fines from polluters go towards cleaning up the mess they leave behind should be established in Australia.
The recommendation is in a major review of the nation’s environmental and conservation laws, which also suggests establishing a task force to combat emerging threats.
The report says these include climate change, invasive and exotic species, genetically modified organisms and emerging technologies such as nanotechnology.
Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett released the 373-page report yesterday, saying the Government would “give careful consideration to the recommendations and their implications”.
The report suggests setting up an environmental reparation fund similar to one operating in Canada.
By April Reeves
It is beyond my comprehension that any farmer would want to sow Monsanto seeds after this report on how many farmers they have sued, how much each farmer loses, and how every farmer in the world is exposing him/herself to this insane treatment from Monsanto whether they are aware of it or not! Why??????
This article is data from 2005. By now it’s likely ten times as bad, and this is bad enough for me to reconsider farming. (Except for the fact that I understand and use publicity and have no fear of Monsanto in that regards.)
Prosecuting American Farmers:
Monsanto’s Investigations, Coerced Settlements & Lawsuits
|Monsanto investigates at least 500 farmers
each year for possible patent infringement.
Monsanto has devoted significant resources to its prosecution of farmers accused of violating the company’s seed patents. It has built a department of 75 employees and set aside an annual budget of $10 million for the sole purpose of investigating and prosecuting farmers for patent infringement.28 Monsanto promotes a toll-free telephone number that allows farmers and businesses to place confidential calls to the company and to report suspected “infringement” activities by neighbors and customers. The company says it receives hundreds of calls and letters each year about these potential patent infringement cases.29 If Monsanto suspects someone, for instance, of planting saved seed, it will hire a private investigation firm, such as Robinson Investigations or Pinkerton, to pursue the farmer.30