Originally published April 21 2014
Russia won't import GMOs, prime minister says
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Russia may be the current target of the American corporate media for its alleged role in provoking Ukraine to war, but the former Soviet stronghold has become a world leader in protecting its food sovereignty and kicking the multinational bio-pirates to the curb. New reports indicate that Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced the country's rejection of all imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), upholding Russia's growing stance against the cultivation and sale of GMOs within its borders.
The announcement comes just months after Medvedev ordered the country's health ministry, agriculture ministry and other relevant agencies to investigate GMO safety and come up with proposals for better protecting the integrity of the country's food supply. According to RT.com, their consensus is that Russia has no need for GMOs and will instead remain committed to traditional agricultural practices that have a proven track record of safety.
"If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then," stated Medvedev before a congress of deputies from various rural settlements at a recent meeting. "We don't need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food."
Earlier in the year, the Russian parliament petitioned the government to impose a temporary ban on GMOs pending the procurement of data showing their safety for humans and the environment. Such data doesn't exist, of course, as GMO purveyors like Monsanto have never been required in places like the U.S. or Canada to conduct any long-term safety studies on transgenic crops prior to their commercial approval -- and if they did, the results would not be favorable.
Consequently, Russia has decided to take the precautionary approach in the interest of its people rather than corporations, with the hope of eventually barring all GMOs from being bred, planted or otherwise used within the country. And this decision is backed by virtually every major government agency in Russia, illustrating the great differences between the leadership in this often vilified country and the increasingly fascist dictatorship that currently rules the U.S.
"The import of GMOs and GMO-based products into the Russian Federation may be banned if such products fail to pass the required examinations," reads a draft bill recently put forth by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, which was tasked with tightening control over GMOs in Russia.
Putin opposes GMOs, says Russian citizens need to be protected Russian President Vladimir Putin is also opposed to GMOs, having told the media that part of his job is to protect the Russian people against industrial food offerings that might harm them. Likewise, Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fydorov wants to see GMOs completely banned from all Russian territories as well, having referred to them in the media as poison.
"How ironic that a sustainable foods movement should take root in Russia at the behest of the people instead of the so-called 'democratic' West, where the will of the people is overturned by money," wrote one RT.com commenter about Medvedev's announcement. "I want my food imported from Russia!"
Similar sentiments are reflected in other comments, including one from a Russian woman telling of her experiences eating American food compared to food from her homeland. Besides the bread tasting like "rubber," in her experience, American food in general simply doesn't live up to the high-quality standards that are still the norm throughout Russia, standards that promote health and longevity rather than disease and death.
"There are a lot of choice... milk products, proper bread, etc. in Russia," she writes. "The government of USA doesn't want Americans to be healthy, giving big monopolies rights to feed people with all this rubbish [for] huge profits."
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