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Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

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Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, - Unlike many EU countries, Hungary is a nation where GM seeds are banned.

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Ben O (171)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:22 am
Way to go! -Now, let us all do the same...

jeanne schreurs (205)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:31 am
Thanks for sharing David.
It's important that many people know this and action should follow all over the world.


David B (26)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:41 am
The only problem in the USA is that Obama is making a lot of money pushing Monsanto GM seeds. See my other story.

Bill K (4)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:03 am
Good for Hungary!

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 9:44 am
Bravo to Hungary! I wish we had the chutzpah to do that here...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 9:46 am
Just awesome! Thanks 4 the smile David!

Anne F (17)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 10:43 am
Thanks for the post. saving seeds is an honorable tradition, which Monsanto would destroy

linda b (31)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 2:45 pm
Kudos to Hungary!

Roger G (154)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 3:30 pm
noted, thanks!

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 3:41 pm
Way to go

David B (26)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 4:56 pm
See also:

The Sinister Monsanto Group: From 'Agent Orange' to Genetically Modified Corn

Americans do not only spy on governments, authorities and private individuals across the world with the help of their secret services; they also understand how to push forward the global interests of their companies (Including Monsanto) with full force.

Spirit Spider (86)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 7:24 pm
High 5 for Hungary!

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 10:44 pm
Hungary is doing it right. USA and other countries should do the same.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 11:01 pm
Well done Hungary!. Even more credits to them as their economy is really in dire straits but they still have the guts to do this!

Athena F (131)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 11:15 pm
I am so glad to see people fighting back. (I'm a little concerned about breathing that stuff, but not sure what the alternative would be, really.) Kudos to you Hungary for taking a stand!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 11:17 pm
Yes if they know it's bad why don't we??? Then you wonder how it will affect the next crop when this stuff is plowed under too!! Maybe that's why China burned a shipment the USA sent too! LET'S WAKE UP AND SEE HOW BAD THIS IS!!!! NO GMO'S. BOYCOTT ANYTHING MONSANTO HAS OR SELLS!!! IT MAY BE THE DEATH OF ALL OF US!! IT'S IN THE AIR AND IN THE GROUND. THE WATER RUN OFF MAYBE IN YOUR WATER THAT YOU DRINK!!! YOUR PLANTS AND ANIMALS ALL OF ENVIRONMENT IS AFFECTED!!

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 11:24 pm
Read and noted. Color me smiling at the thought of what Monsanto felt when these acres went up in smoke.
I do agree that the smoke wasn't probably good to be around with out a gas mask, but all I can say is, "Burn, Baby, Burn!"

Jaime A (52)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:05 am
Well done Hungary.!!

sarah a (1)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:17 am
This gives me hope. Great job!

Cinzia Palamara (26)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 1:56 am
Good news from Hungary: Thank you very much for postng David

Frances D (135)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 3:00 am
Good news.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 4:08 am
I would have helped them cheers

Iona Kentwell (129)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 5:04 am
So so so awesome! I wish all countries were so smart!

Marija M (32)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 6:46 am

Robin Meredith-Kramer (1)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 6:54 am
The debate over GMO products and the banning of them, until they are studied further, is so important! Let's keep this information flowing so more of the public can educate themselves on what is going on.

Maria Christina Lemos (1)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:20 pm
Muito bem!Tomara que em todos lugares esses campos da Monsanto,sejam destruídos!!!

Barbara K (60)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:29 pm
Great job, Hungary! Thanks for the post.

Barbara V (51)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:54 pm
Good for Hungary! Somebody got smart!!! HELLO, AMERICA--looky, looky!!!!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 1:39 pm
Bravo, we should all do the same.

Fran F (118)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 2:54 pm
GOOD!!!! Monsanto is going to have to learn they don't rule the world!

S J (130)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 3:21 pm
Bravo Hungary. You are so smart and brave people, I hope we can burn them down all over the world.
Thanks so much, David for the great news.

Mari 's (1356)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 3:53 pm
About time now that's take them all down! Every single last one

David B (26)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 6:00 pm
"HELLO, AMERICA--looky, looky!"... It will never happen in America, the US government is a partner of Monsanto.

Freya H (357)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 6:45 pm
Bravo Hungary!!!

Now, what can I buy that's Hungarian? Any good Hungarian beer?

Gloria H (88)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 7:10 pm
Interesting that companies like Monsanto claim the world would "go hungry" without their GMO foods. Ironic that "Hungary" kicked their butt! The US should wake up and "go Hungary" and ban this junk "science"!

Ruth R (246)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 7:16 pm
From the article:
'Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar.

Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned."

'Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said.

The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added. burning-gmo

Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary. The checks will continue despite the fact that seek traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said.

During the invesigation, controllers have found Pioneer Monsanto products among the seeds planted.

The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the goods can be found, Bognar said. Regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the country.

Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seeds.'

GOOD BAN AND CONGRATS ON THE CONTROLED BURN. May the good work contimnue to rid Hungary of gmo's.

David B (26)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 7:26 pm
Many thanks to all, for your comments and interest. Maybe the day of GMO awareness is upon us?... All we have to do now is influence our governments (health before greed) and shut down Monsanto et al?


Here’s a list of countries (and U.S. counties) that have banned genetically modified crops in one way or another.

In the United States: Only the California counties of Mendocino, Trinity and Marin have successfully banned GM crops. Voters in other Calilfornia counties have tried to pass similar measures but failed.

In Australia: Several Australian states had bans on GM crops but most of them have since lifted them. Only South Australia still has a ban on GM crops, though Tasmania has a moratorium on them until November of 2014.

In Japan: The Japanese people are staunchly opposed to genetically modified crops and no GM seeds are planted in the country. However, large quantities of canola are imported from Canada (which is one of the world’s largest producers of GM canola) and there is now GM canola growing wild around Japanese ports and roads to major food oil companies. Genetically modified canola such as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready canola have been found growing around 5 of the 6 ports that were tested for GM contamination.

In New Zealand: No GM foods are grown in the country.

In Germany: There is a ban on the cultivation or sale of GMO maize.

In Ireland: All GM crops were banned for cultivation in 2009, and there is a voluntary labeling system for foods containing GM foods to be identified as such.

In Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria and Luxembourg: There are bans on the cultivation and sale of GMOs.

In France: Monsanto’s MON810 GM corn had been approved but its cultivation was forbidden in 2008. There is widespread public mistrust of GMOsthat has been successful in keeping GM crops out of the country.

In Madeira: This small autonomous Portugese island requested a country-wide ban on genetically modified crops last year and was permitted to do so by the EU.

In Switzerland: The country banned all GM crops, animals, and plants on its fields and farms in a public referendum in 2005, but the initial ban was for only five years. The ban has since been extended through 2013.

In India: The government placed a last-minute ban on GM eggplant just before it was scheduled to begin being planted in 2010. However, farmers were widely encouraged to plant Monsanto’s GM cotton and it has led to devastating results. The UK’s Daily Mail reports that an estimated 125,000 farmers have committed suicide because of crop failure and massive debt since planting GM seeds.

In Thailand: The country has zigzagged in its support and opposition of GM crops. The country had widespread trials of GM papayas from Hawaii but reversed its plans when the seeds got wild and began contaminating nearby crops. Several countries such as Japan moved to restrict the importation of Thailand’s papayas as a result, not wanting to import any GM foods. Thailand is currently trying to embrace both sides — producing organic foods for some countries at a high price while moving towards embracing more and more GM crops. The country has also tried declaring some areas GMO-free zones in order to encourage other countries to trust their food.


The U.S. now grows mostly GM varieties of corn, canola and soy. Hawaii now grows GM papayas. Approvals have also been given for GM alfalfa, zucchinis, beet sugar and tomato varieties, though not all are currently being grown. A recent attempt to approve GM salmon was defeated.

China is one of the largest producers of GM crops.

Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic are approved for growing GM potatoes.

Finland’s government and population is receptive to GM foods. None are currently grown in the country, however, because no approved GM crops are suitable for the country’s growing conditions.

The Zambian government has launched a campaign to get the public to support GM technology
Canada has widespread GM crop usage. Nearly all Canadian canola is GM, as is a large portion of the country’s soy and corn. Prince Edward Island tried to pass a ban on GMO cultivation but failed, and GM crops in the region are currently increasing.

Spain currently grows GMO maize (about 20% of the country’s maize is GM)
The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Romania and Poland all grow some GMO maize.

The Phillipines grow GM crops.

The European Union (EU) has approved the cultivation of many GM crops (including potatoes and maize) but individual countries are able to opt out from growing them. However, most EU countries are not permitted to reject the sale of GM foods.

South Africa is growing an increasing number of GM crops.

Britain officially supports GM crops and has trials of GMOs like potatoes planted. However, there is widespread public distrust of the crops and Prince Charles has been a vocal opponent of GMOs.

South America has widespread planting of GM crops.

As mentioned above, Thailand is alternately embracing and rejecting GM crops.

India also has widespread GM cotton use. Also mentioned above, the widespread planting of Monsanto’s GM cotton has led to tragedy throughout India. The Indian government even banned conventional seeds from many government seed banks in an attempt to please Monsanto (in return, the country was given International Monetary Fund loans to help its economy) and slow the nation’s poverty rates. An estimated 1,000 farmers commit suicide each month in the country as a result of the crop failure and debt caused by planting the GM seeds.



Inge B (202)
Friday July 19, 2013, 12:30 am
Hungary, You're a star!


reft h (66)
Friday July 19, 2013, 1:40 am
Cheers to Hungary! Maybe others will follow.

Julie W (32)
Friday July 19, 2013, 3:14 am
This was an official decision, not something done by activists. Try that in the US and you will be thrown in jail!

Debra Tate (17)
Friday July 19, 2013, 10:34 am
They got the RIGHT IDEA! Noted!

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday July 19, 2013, 4:24 pm
I saw the title of the article and immediately smiled. Good for Hungary! Wish this would spread to other countries like wildfire....esp. the good ol' U.S. Thanks so much for posting, David.

Kathleen R (138)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 9:54 am
noted & read

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:11 pm
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