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The Russian Government Bans GMOs: Putin Leads World in “Ecologically Clean” Food Exports

Russia have become the latest country to join to the blanket ban of all GMO products, joining with others in the fight against Monsanto.

Overtaking America in the push for 100% non-GMO food, Russia have shown their dedication to the cause by completely banning all GMO crops, all genetically modified food productions, and all GMOs that would have otherwise entered the food supply through the creation of packaged foods

“As far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made decision not to use any GMO in food productions,” Deputy PM Arkady Dvorkovich said in an international conference on biotechnology.

GMO foods have been under the spotlight again recently, with the  declaration by the World Health Organization that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup is a ‘probable carcinogen.’ But Monsanto have been unwilling to change their stance at all. They continue to maintain that their weedkiller is perfectly safe for human consumption, and with the billions hey make every year from it, no doubt they don’t want the public opinion to go sour over the world’s number one pesticide.

Although this ban is a great step in the right direction for anti-GMO groups and it is symbolic of a change in attitudes towards the global opinion of GMO foods, it has to be said that the banning of GMO food in Russia is on a minuscule scale compared to if the same move had been made in America.

In the United States, over 90 percent of staple crops like corn are genetically modified, as well as 94 percent of soybeans and 94 percent of cotton. If a ban like the one in Russia came in, it was cause a revolutionary upheaval of the farming and food production business.

In Russia their genetically modified intake is much much lower. RT have reported:

According to official statistics the share of GMO in the Russian food industry has declined from 12 percent to just 0.01 percent over the past 10 years, and currently there are just 57 registered food products containing GMO in the country. The law ordering obligatory state registration of GMO products that might contact with the environment will come into force in mid-2017.

President Vladimir Putin is happy to keep all GMO food out of his country while staying true to the World Trade Organisation’s rules. He told the Board of the Russian Federation Council: 

“We need to properly construct our work so that it is not contrary to our obligations under the WTO. But even with this in mind, we nevertheless have legitimate methods and instruments to protect our own market, and above all citizens”

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