Under orders from the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development, almost 1,000 acres of corn found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds were recently destroyed.
Despite pressure from biotech companies and the executive branch of the European Union, Hungary is one of only a few EU countries that have fought successfully to keep genetically modified seeds from infiltrating their food supplies.
Planet Save reports that a new regulation was introduced this March which stipulates that seeds are supposed to be checked for GMO before they are introduced to the market. Unfortunately, some GMO seeds from companies like Monsanto and Pioneer made it to the farmers without them knowing it.
The crops were plowed under to prevent the corn from pollinating and contaminating other crops nearby. Biotech firms have asserted that the targeted crops were conventional, and did not contain high enough levels of GM traces to warrant their eradication. But Hungarian Deputy State Secretary for Rural Development Lajos Bognar announced that the crops contained GM traces above 0.1 percent — the level authorized at EU level to allow for scientific inaccuracies (agra-net.com).
Unfortunately, the lateness of the government’s discovery means that the corn crops can’t be planted again this season, putting financial stress on the farmers who claim they unknowingly planted the GMO seeds.
“Another problem is that the company that distributed the seeds in Baranya county is under liquidation,” writes AllAboutFeed.net “therefore if any compensation is paid by the international seed producers, the money will be paid primarily to that company’s creditors, rather than the farmers.”
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