• USA—Russia Rejects GMOs

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    Russia has suspended the import and use of an American GM corn following a study suggesting a link to breast cancer and organ damage. Separately, the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA), has ordered its own review in to the research, which was conducted at a French university. The decision by Russia could be followed by other nations in what would be a severe blow to the take-up of the controversial technology.Russia’s consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said today that it has suspended the import and use of the Monsanto GM corn. Rospotrebnadzor said the country’s Institute of Nutrition has been asked to assess the validity of the study.
    It has also contacted the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health & Consumers to ask for the EU’s position on the corn’s safety. Consumer scepticism in the UK and Europe means GM corn is not on supermarket shelves here, however it is fed to farm animals, including hens, pigs and dairy cows.

    If ever there were a war on for one’s allegiance about food philosophies, the U.S.’s apparent main political adversary, Russia, probably would win it hands down. Why? Well, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is quoted as saying, “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.” [CJF emphasis added]

    Hear that Monsanto? Let’s see if one of your employees can get into the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia like with the U.S. FDA (Michael Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner of Foods) [1] and at the U.S. Supreme Court (Justice Clarence Thomas) [2].

    Furthermore, Russia is on record as not importing any GMO products, so I guess any agricultural trade sanctions that the West may levy against Russia relative to the Ukraine incident may not affect them as some politicos may think, hope, or …

    The pro-GMO biotech lobby may continue to be successful in getting their seeds into the soil of U.S. farms, and prevent labeling for consumers, but in the process they are losing the export market. The U.S. is the world’s leader in corn exports, comprising about 60% of the world market.

    We have previously reported how the U.S. has pressured other countries to accept their GMO products, but it appears the tide is now turning. China is rapidly advancing to take over as the world’s #1 economy, opening the door for other countries to find new markets and new trading partners. The second biggest destination of U.S. corn is Russia, and relations with Russia are not exactly rosy these days due to the conflict in the Ukraine. This could be a huge opportunity for Latin America, where non-GMO traditional corn varieties are largely still uncontaminated by GMOs.

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