First, it was China which avoid renewing license for GMO experiment on their soil. Now, it’s Russia’s turn to make official the banning of all GMO products in their motherland.
It’s Official, Russia Has Banned GMO Products. Commitment to Organic Food
will no longer import GMO products, stating that the nation has enough space, and enough resources to produce organic food.
If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.” –Medvedev
Russia has been considering joining the long list (and continually growing) of anti-GMO countries for quite some time now. It does so after a group of Russian scientists urged the government to consider at least a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study their influence on human health.
“It is necessary to ban GMOs, to impose moratorium (on) it for 10 years. While GMOs will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed. It has been proven that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMOs are dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMOs are not perfect, therefore, at this stage, all GMOs are dangerous. Consumption and use of GMOs obtained in such way can lead to tumors, cancers and obesity among animals. Bio-technologies certainly should be developed, but GMOs should be stopped. We should stop it from spreading. ” – Irina Ermakova, VP of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety
A number of scientists worldwide have clearly outlined the potential dangers associated with consuming GMOs. I recently published an article titled “10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful To Human Health,” you can read that in full here. These are just a select few out of hundreds of studies that are now available in the public domain, it seems that they continue to surface year after year.
Russia completely banning GMOs, such a large, developed nation is a big step forward in creating more awareness with regards to GMOs. Ask yourself, why have so many nations banned GMOs and the pesticides that go with them? It’s because evidence points to the fact that they are not safe, they are young, and we just don’t know enough about them to safely consume them. They just aren’t necessary, so why produce them?
Within the past few years, awareness regarding GMOs has skyrocketed. Activism has played a large role in waking up a large portion of Earths population with regards to GMOs. People are starting to ask questions and seek answers. In doing so, we are all coming to the same conclusion as Russia recently came to.
In February, the State Duma introduced a bill banning the cultivation of GMO food products. President Putin ordered that Russian citizens be protected from GMOs. The States Agricultural Committee has supported the ban recommendation from the Russian parliament, and the resolution will come into full effect in July 2014.
This just goes to show what we can do when we come together and demand change and share information on a global scale. Change is happening, and we are waking up to new concepts of our reality every day. GMOs are only the beginning, we have many things to rid our planet of that do not resonate with us and are clearly unnecessary. We are all starting to see through the false justifications for the necessity of GMOs, no longer are we so easily persuaded, no longer do we believe everything we hear and everything we’re presented with. Lets keep it going!
Russia bans Import and Production of GMO Food, tightens Non-Food GMO Restrictions
nsnbc : Russia will stop importing GMO food products and tighten restrictions on non-food GMOs in the country. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced an end to the import of GMO food. Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin issued a decree to protect Russian citizens from GMOs, stressing that new legislation is consistent with Russia’s obligations within the World Trade Organization.
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russia will end importing GMO products and stressed that he had ordered the widespread monitoring of the agricultural sector, because a certain amount of GMO products and seeds had made its way into the Russian market despite strict restrictions.
Speaking to a congress of deputies from rural communities on Saturday, Medvedev said that Russia didn’t have any reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country.
Addressing pressure from the side of foreign governments and corporations, especially from the United States, Medvedev stressed that Russia has enough space and opportunity to produce a sufficient amount of organic food, and that the Americans could eat GMO food themselves, if they like to eat it.
Besides the ban on the import of GMO products, Russia will tighten restrictions on non-agricultural GMOs. The Russian news agency Ria Novosty reports that the certification of non-agricultural genetically modified organisms could be restricted to ten years. A draft law has been drawn up by Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science. The news agency reports that such certification previously had an unlimited duration. Under the new legislation the certificates for GMOs would only be valid for ten years.
Medvedev’s decision to end the import of GMOs follows the introduction of a bill banning the cultivation of GMO products by the Russian parliament (Duma) in February. Ria Novosty cites Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich as saying that the government’s decree on legalizing GMO crops would be corrected.
Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, has issued a decree to protect Russian citizens from genetically modified foods. Putin noted that this could be done while complying with the obligations Russia has within the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, reports Ria Novosty, has repeatedly stated that the health of seeds is the basis of food security of the Russian Federation. The Office noted that the development, testing and seed production of GMO crops were monopolized by multinational corporations, that may be artificially restricting access to data on the adverse effects of the widespread of such products.
Ch/L – nsnbc 05.04.2014