Yet another nation has taken a stand against Monsanto’s genetically modified crops. Poland recently decreed that it will move to ban a strain of GMO maize known as MON810.
Poland’s announcement comes less than a month after seven countries blocked a proposal by the Danish EU presidency to allow the cultivation of genetically-modified plants in Europe. Just days after Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland and Slovakia blocked the measure, the country of France took it a step further by imposing a temporary, “precautionary” ban on MON810.
Also known by its trade name, “YieldGuard,” MON810 maize has been genetically modified to include a bacteria into its DNA structure. Monsanto claims that the bacteria makes YieldGuard resistant to insect pests that damage harvests. However, according to some experts, it can be dangerous for plants and animals.
In addition to being linked to a plethora of health ailments, said Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki, the pollen originating from this GM strain may actually be devastating the country’s already dwindling bee population.
Many feel that the bans initiated by France and Poland are signs of a larger backlash against the potential danger of genetically modified crops. In 2011, the nation of Hungary destroyed 1,000 acres of GM maize and India is slamming Monsanto with ‘biopiracy’ charges. And is only the beginning.
A new report shows that small farmers, organic food advocates, and community organizations all over the world are organizing to launch a full scale rebellion against Monsanto and the agribusiness model it embodies.
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