Poland Is Latest Nation To Ban Monsanto’s GMO Maize

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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Elizabeth Sowers
Liz Sowers2 years ago

Good to hear of the tough stances these and other countries are taking. Really, really wish that our US was not bowing to Monsanto ( political revolving door policies are one part of this).

Liling O.2 years ago

There is always side-effects relating to GM foods

Monsanto should be dissolved!

Dale Overall

Wonderful-the world does not need GMO foods!

Angel Campbell
Angel Campbell3 years ago

Good stuff Poland. The entire world should ban monsanto. Go organic.

Shalvah Landy
Past Member 3 years ago

I was prescribed an Iron, Folic Acid & Serine Capsule that on purchasing I see as ingredients Oil from soy beans, Soy Lecithin and I have no idea how to find out if there is use of Natural soy or GMO soy. It is called Foliferrin and made by Hasco-Lek Poland. Anybody with some real knowledge about this, I appreciate your response!
(I also emailed the manufacturer awaiting their response as well.)

Reggie Thomas
Reggie Thomas3 years ago

Good for Poland,these 3 agencies FDA,EPA,USDA & Monsanto are trouble for all people globally.By BANNING THEM AND THEIR PRECIOUS GMO ,SOONER OR LATER, WE WILL SHUT THEM DOWN.

Elizabeth O.
.3 years ago

ALL GM foods should be banned until proven to be SAFE.

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis3 years ago


Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

Cool. Come on US, get a move on!

Albert Wrzesinski

Superstitious fools...