Monsanto, the “most evil company in the world” that is notorious for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is regrouping after a monumental loss against Maui, Hawaii. Monsanto will have to abide to citizens’ decision to ban GMOs in their county.
The results come from a lengthy battle, starting when Monsanto filed suit against the Hawaiian county after the GMO ban was voted in. Speculation of corruption arose when news of the judge overseeing the case was connected with Monsanto, mostly through his wife.
Nevertheless, Monsanto lost their case, therefore any more “bad news” to business would be annoying at this time. Unfortunately for them, they will not receive such a reprieve, as Russia officially banned GMOs in their country.
According to an article by RT and followed up by Collective Evolution, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently announced that Russia will no longer be importing any form of GMOs into Russia. Furthermore, Medvedev showed favor to organic farming.
“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.”
Russia joins the ranks of others countries listed by the Examiner, including Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and New Zealand, in the banning or partial-banning of GMOs. However, it should be noted that Russia didn’t just ban GMOs because they have space and opportunities. Following the urges of Russian scientists, they are considering at least a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study GMO influence on human health.
Irina Ermakova, the vice president of Russia’s National Association of Genetic Safety, made a huge statement pertaining to the aforementioned study.
“It is necessary to ban GMOs, to impose moratorium (on) it for 10 years. 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, therefore, at 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 it from spreading.”
Prior to their overall ban, Russia completely banned GMO corn back in 2012, as reported by Fox Business through Nation of Change. They utilized a study done by the University of Caen, reported through the Telegraph, in which they found feeding rats a lifelong diet of GMO corn resulted in huge breast tumors and severe damage to liver and kidneys.
Now that you know Russia has joined the growing list of countries permanently banning GMOs, what are your opinions? Do you think the United States should follow this path as well?