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Poland Is Latest Nation To Ban Monsanto’s GMO Maize

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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10:23PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

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).

4:33AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

There is always side-effects relating to GM foods

Monsanto should be dissolved!

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Wonderful-the world does not need GMO foods!

4:26AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

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

1:24PM PDT on May 22, 2012

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.)

9:15PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

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.

3:29PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

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

2:09AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Thanks

9:06PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Cool. Come on US, get a move on!

4:44PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Superstitious fools...

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