GE crops are planted on 12% of the world’s farm land in 28 different countries. In EU only two GMO varieties have been licensed for commercial harvesting and GMO foods are accordingly labeled there. However, in US, there are more than 96 GMO varieties and so far only a few states including Hawaii, Alaska, Connecticut and Maine have been able to pass GMO labeling bills.
Recently, Russia and China have even banned the import of GE foods. In fact, US farmers have lost more than $427 million in sales after China rejected the imports of US corn. Russia says, besides the fact that GMO’s are dangerous, its nation has enough space and resources to produce organic and sustainable foods.
“Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country”, said the country’s Prime Minister, Medvedev. “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 foods.”
Ugh! Maybe it’s not that American’s LIKE to eat them, maybe it’s that the U.S. government is forcing them down our throats and even lying about it!
Recently, the Russian parliament suggested a norm set for the maximum allowable content of transgenic foods for Russian manufacturers that produce foods with GE ingredients. When the percentage of GMO exceeds 0.9%, the producer must label its products accordingly and warn the consumers.
Vladamir Putin has openly denounced GMO’s and ban them from Russia, claiming his country will be the biggest grower of organic foods in the world. He has begun working on that promise by introducing a new bill that severely fines biotech companies as if they were terrorist. In my opinion, they are terrorists, so I find this approach very fitting.
A new bill introduced to the Russian parliament would treat producers of biotech crops from companies such as Monsanto, The Dow Chemical Company, and Syngenta as criminals — with fines comparable to terrorism. As co-author of the bill Kirill Cherkasov told RT:
“When a terrorist act is committed, only several people are usually hurt. But GMOs may hurt dozens and hundreds. The consequences are much worse. And punishment should be proportionate to the crime.”
If the proposed bill becomes law, punishment could range from 15 years to life.