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Another Country Banning GMO. Who’s next?

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So why are countries banning GMO crops and food made with those crops?

There are two very vocal sides to GMO but many more concerns that seem be used to cause confusion.  The main concern in the USA is the unknown (hidden) results of eating GMO crops and GMO ingredients in processed food.  What will happen in the short and long run when the human body consumes poisons intended to kill insects, kill weeds, kill fungicides, and kill the reproductive ability of the growing plant?  This is the hidden question so as a simple solution 93% of Americans wish to label any foods containing GMO and let each of us decide to eat GMO or not.

When I wrote my Congressman asking about labeling GMO his returned letter simply pointed out the cost involved would be reflected in the food prices if each state imposed their own labeling requirements.  What a way to side step the issue.  It seems the USA government is only listening to the Corporate leaders in the food industry and only worried about the “costs” economically but not the “costs” medically to the citizens.

That is why it is refreshing to see other countries refusing GMO crops, GMO seeds, GMO ingrediant filled foods because those countries look to the future and are concerned for their citizens health,  their countries export reputation, and the unknown damages to their land and future crop species.

Read below to see the reasons other countries ban GMO.  See growing map.  Share your thoughts.

Germany:

Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters …

German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed German state governments of his intention to tell the EU that Germany will make use of new “opt-out” rules to stop GMO crop cultivation even if varieties have been approved by the EU, …

A new EU law … gave individual countries the right to opt out by banning GMO crops even after they have been approved as safe by the European Commission.

…. countries have until Oct. 3, 2015, to inform the Commission that they wish to opt out of new EU GMO cultivation approvals,….

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Scotland:

Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country’s rural affairs secretary has announced.

Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country’s £14bn food and drink sector. He is to request that Scotland be excluded from any European consents for the cultivation of GM crops….

Under EU rules, GM crops must be formally authorized before they can be cultivated. An amendment came into force earlier this year which allows member states and devolved administrations to restrict or ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms within their territory.

Mr Lochhead said …. that Scotland was known around the world for its “beautiful natural environment” and banning the growing of genetically modified crops would protect and further enhance its “clean, green status”.

… “There is no evidence of significant demand for GM products by Scottish consumers …

“Scottish food and drink is valued at home and abroad for its natural, high quality which often attracts a premium price, and I have heard directly from food and drink producers in other countries that are ditching GM because of a consumer backlash.” ….

Scott Walker, chief executive of farming union NFU Scotland, said he was disappointed that the Scottish government had decided that no GM crops should ever be grown in Scotland. “Other countries are embracing biotechnology where appropriate and we should be open to doing the same ….

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South Africa:

. Nestlé has gone on record stating: “. . . it took consumer preferences into consideration and therefore all its infant cereals in South Africa used non-GM maize,” according to GMWatch.

Last year, the African Center for Biosafety (ACB) found that Nestle’s Cerelac Honey contained 77.65% GM Maize. The same group also conducted independent and accredited lab tests on 7 baby formulas and cereals, finding that ‘Purity’ brands contained extremely high levels of GMOs. It seems they are anything but ‘pure.’

Now, Nestlé’s infant formulas and cereals, at least in South Africa, seem to indicate that Nestle is going GM free.

Meanwhile, Europe and other countries report that Nestlé does not use GMO in their baby products – and the U.S. versions still contain them in high quantities, even though Purity brands has now gone GMO-free.

Nestlé is in the company of Abbott Laboratories …. Perhaps these contributions to our Congress and Senate members are the real reason why our babies are still being fed GMO formula and cereal in the U.S. while these toxic ingredients are banned or omitted in other countries.

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India:

India Bans GMO Crop. Campaigners welcome decision to put on hold cultivation of genetically modified (GM) aubergine crop, Bt Brinjal, until ‘safety of product’ established.

India has banned the planting of the country’s first edible GM crop, a type of aubergine modified to produce Bt toxin.

The seed, developed by the Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company, which is part owned by US biotech giant Monsanto, was said to be more resistant to natural pests.

However, against a backdrop of protest from farmers and leaders of aubergine-growing states, the Indian Environment Minister said today that he was adopting a ‘cautious precautionary principle’:

‘…till such time as independent scientific studies establish to the satisfaction of both the public and professionals the safety of the product from the point of view of its long term impact on human health and environment, including the rich genetic wealth existing in brinjal in our country.’

…. campaigners said the possibility of cross-contamination would have threatened the 2,000 or more traditional varieties of aubergine currently grown in India….

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Russia:

…. Since 2007, foods sold in Russia required special labeling if contained 0.9% or more of GM ingredients.

…, Putin said Russia is obligated to protect its citizens from GMOs. … Russian upper house Federation Council members introduced legislation temporarily banning GMOs. Until studies evaluate the safety of each one by various scientific standards. Or prove them unsafe to eat.

Polls show over 80% of Russians want them banned. Only 9% approve them.

Russia’s National Association for Genetic Security (RNAGS) wants them banned.

Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology researcher Irina Ermakova showed six-fold higher mortality rates/lower body weight among young rats whose mothers were fed herbicide resistant GM soybeans.

Her findings raised serious concerns about human health risks from GMOs. “It is necessary to ban (them), to impose moratorium for 10 years,” she said.

“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. (A)t 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 (them) from spreading”

.… “If Americans like to eat GMO products, let them,” he said.” We don’t need to do that. We have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.”

GMOs will be banned for 10 years. So reliable research can evaluate their human health effects….

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And the list goes on with Haiti, China, France, Thailand, Australia, etc. banning different portions of GMO crops, seeds, etc.  For a growing map go to GMO-Free Regions map.

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