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Hungarian Government Destroys GMO Corn Crops

Hungarian Government Destroys GMO Corn Crops

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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6:18AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:40AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

This is an eye opener to what GMO is all about and if they fought so hard to get rid of it, should we?

6:37AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

This is an eye opener to what GMO is all about and if they fought so hard to get rid of it, should we?

3:55PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Bravo!

9:00AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Continuation of post:
However, and rather surprising, there are a few varieties of 'broken' bulbs whose worst aspects of the viral infections have remained benign. One such example is the rare Tulip 'Absalom' that is still around today
In the 21st century there appears to be only one place where the breeding of broken Tulips is alive and well and that is 'The Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society' - the last of the great Tulip Societies in Great Britain.

8:56AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

The previous comment that plant genetics are not affected in nature is not quite correct. For example:
The Tulip breaking virus, also known as the "Tulip break virus", "Tulip breaking potyvirus", "Lily streak virus", "Tulip mosaic virus", "Lily mottle virus", "Lily mosaic virus", or simply "TBV" is a plant virus that is most famous for its infection of tulips.
It is widely known as a former source of influence among the price of tulip bulbs and flowers during the period of so-called "Tulip Mania" in the 17th century Netherlands. The virus causes a distinctive 'breaking' in colour of the flower petals, resulting in pale (white or yellow) and/or dark streaks flaring up the base colour.
White and yellow flowered cultivars do not display this streaking, although they still can be infected. Lillies can also be infected without obvious affects and can be carriers of the virus to tulips. While the virus does weaken the plant slightly, it takes many cumulative generations of the bulbs to cause serious damage to the plant.
The Semper Augustus, is famous for being the most expensive tulip sold during the tulip mania in the Netherlands. The Tulip breaking virus gives it the mixed colours.
There are a small number of tulips dating from the Tulipmania period that are still in existence today, some are even available to buy for only a few pounds at your local plant retailer. However, and rather surprising, there are a few varieties of 'broken' bulbs whose worst aspects of the viral in

1:23AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

@velmapearl

to create biofuel you would have to go through the process of fertilization ,,, flowering and then to seed. This is a No-no as it risks cross pollination with neighbouring farmer's plants and/or natural 'wild' plants.

11:40AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

So, once again, the farmers, the people doing the actual work to grow our food, are punished and lose $. How disheartening. I wonder if they could have used the crop to make bio-fuel, not for consumption, but for fueling vehicles, equipment, etc. and THEN plowed the crop under?

11:17AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Destroying known GMO crops? That`s excellent! Too bad about the Farmers though, since they had been mislead by their "seeds of deception" they should be compensated.

11:03AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Bravo for their courage!

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