Bulgarian Government Bans GMO Crops

Although the United States might not yet be willing to disclose GMO ingredients on food product labels, or acknowledge the scientific evidence that demonstrates the serious health effects of ingesting these ingredients, other countries around the world are already taking steps to protect their consumers.

According to Reuters, Bulgaria’s parliament voted on Thursday to tighten a law that effectively banned cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops for scientific and commercial reasons in response to public fears.

A genetically modified organism (GMO, also called “genetically engineered”) is a plant, animal or microorganism (e.g., bacteria) that is created by means which are not naturally occurring. Genetic engineering involves crossing species which could not cross in nature. For example, genes from a flounder (a cold water fish) have been inserted into strawberries and tomatoes to make them less susceptible to cold. Currently 13.3 million farmers- 90 percent of all who farm in developing countries- are currently planting biotech crops.

While the Food and Drug Administration insists that foods produced by genetic engineering are the same as foods from traditional breeding, their own scientists have reported that, “the processes of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different and… they lead to different risks.”

Reuters reports that, “the protesters and a number of political parties, including some of GERB’s rightist allies in parliament, had said biotech and other industries were behind the planned regime ease and called on the government not to give in to corporate pressure.”

As a result, “there will be no field on the country’s territory where GMOs can be cultivated,” Kostadin Yazov of GERB’s parliamentary group, said.

Although activists and organizations campaigning for sustainable agriculture in the U.S. have made similar pleas to the federal government, there has been no significant move to keep these toxic products from grocery store shelves.

Bulgaria’s chief exports are clothing, footwear, iron and steel, machinery and equipment, and fuels.

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144 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

JACarlton Author
jill c.4 years ago

GMO's should be banned globally. Period.

Jutta N.
Past Member 4 years ago

Good work Bulgaria! I hope that other countries (and also Poland) will follow by them!

Ivelina D.

As a Bulgarian I am proud of our government actions and I hope this GMO`s products will be banned all over the world. Thank you GERB!

Emily Drew
Emily Drew5 years ago

Whoop Whoop for Bulgaria!

Ruth R.
Ruth R.5 years ago

Good for Bulgaria!!! May people keep up the good work in other countries.
"According to Reuters, Bulgaria’s parliament voted on Thursday to tighten a law that effectively banned cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops for scientific and commercial reasons in response to public fears."

"A genetically modified organism (GMO, also called “genetically engineered”) is a plant, animal or microorganism (e.g., bacteria) that is created by means which are not naturally occurring. Genetic engineering involves crossing species which could not cross in nature. For example, genes from a flounder (a cold water fish) have been inserted into strawberries and tomatoes to make them less susceptible to cold. Currently 13.3 million farmers- 90 percent of all who farm in developing countries- are currently planting biotech crops."

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/bulgarian-government-bans-gmo-crops.html#ixzz1TAEsSifM

Isabella K.
Isa K.5 years ago

That’s truly great news for Bulgarians!
However, as we all know, not all the country leaders are so wise.
Next week (27.07.2011) Polish government will vote probably to authorize GMO seeds.

On 1.07.2011 government's parliamentary majority put across a controversial draft law on seed, assuming among other things, the marketing authorization of GMO seed. Although all the Provincial Assemblies voted against GMO in Poland, in the opinion of the natural environmentalists that GM crops will destroy our native wildlife, the vote is to authorize changes in favor of GMO.
In Poland everything is possible, especially before the parliamentary elections. The new Act allows for sowing seed GMO crops without any restrictions and controls. In Poland, in fact, still there is no law on genetically modified organisms!

Politicians, as often, don’t want to listen to their electorate when it comes to big money.
You could help by writing to our representatives and senators:

The Ministry

kontakt@kprm.gov.pl

Senate (list of senators - after clicking on each name, after short introduction of a person, there’s an email address to which messages can be send. If you decide to write, please, ignore those with black signs on the right side of a name):

http://www.senat.gov.pl/k7/senat/senator.htm

Krasimira B.
Krasimira B.5 years ago

Bravo Bulgaria!

Nellie K A.
Nellie K Adaba6 years ago

GMO should be banned in this country too! I'm European (from Belgium) and I live in this country USA (NY) and I don't like what they're doing to the food we consume! Even the new nanotech food should not be allowed to genetically modified any elements so that the food has a longer shelf life and the color lasts longer.... Food should be natural and healthy and not processed or genetically modified.

Virginia Ruffolo
Virginia Ruffolo6 years ago

Slowly but surely I become more and more disenchanted with the FDA as an agency to protect the American People. They are protecting Monsanto and their GE seed for big profit. Do the right thing for the people because we want to know what's in our food. We have the right to know and it's your job to give us that information. Got it!