Russia + France join the list to ban GMOs
Russia is the latest country to ban GMO products in its food production. This move follows in the footsteps of European Union countries like France, Scotland, Germany, Greece, and Latvia who have recently chosen the “opt-out” clause of an EU rule that passed in March which allows its 28 member bloc to abstain from growing GMO crops, even if they are already authorized to be grown within the union. "As far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made decision not to use any GMO in food productions," , said Deputy PM Arkady Dvorkovich at an international conference on biotechnology in Kirov.
Currently, the percentage of GMOs in the Russian food industry is at a miniscule 0.01 percent compared to the United States where more than 90% of staple food crops like corn and soy are genetically modified.
“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,” said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
France, the EU’s largest exporter and grower of grains, wants to shut down the cultivation of 9 GMO maize strains within its borders. They are singling out Monsanto’s MON 810 maize, the only GMO crop grown in Europe. According to a joint statement from Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development, and Stéphane Le Foll, the Minister of Agriculture and Energy, “It is part of the very important progress made by the new European framework on the implementation of GMO cultivation in which France played a leading role.”