Saturday, January 14, 2012

Europe to go GMO Free

Image courtesy: GMO-Free Europe

News broke this week that Monsanto has threatened to sue Vermont if it passes a law requiring labeling of genetically-modified foods.

I think the question here remains: IF there is nothing shameful or harmful with genetically-modified foods; then, why is Monsanto so eager to avoid labelling them as such?

But look outside the U.S., and opposition to the company and the biotech model it represents gets a lot stronger — and more effective. We saw that in a new report showing how much people around the world hate Monsanto. And now, following anti-Monsanto activism in other countries, Poland has announced plans to completely ban the growth of Monsanto’s genetically-modified strain MON810. Kudos to Poland for refusing to allow Monsanto's GM corn in their country.

Natural Society has more:
The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations.

In addition to being linked to a plethora of health ailments, Sawicki says that the pollen originating from this GM strain may actually be devastating the already dwindling bee population.

And AFP explains more about recent news on GMOs in Europe:
On March 9, seven European countries — Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland and Slovakia — blocked a proposal by the Danish EU presidency to allow the cultivation of genetically-modified plants on the continent.

Seven days after that, France imposed a temporary ban on the MON810 strain.

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