What was once a taboo topic of conversation has now become so widely discussed that pretty well the entire world seems to have developed an opinion about it. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have entered the mainstream vernacular so thoroughly that an entire country has publicly stated their stance on and intended action plan for the agricultural method.
At an international conference on biotechnology Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, announced that the country will be eliminating the production of genetically modified food:
As far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made decision not to use any GMO in food productions…. This is not a simple issue, we must do very thorough work on division on these spheres and form a legal base on this foundation.
This decision goes hand in hand with an earlier ruling the country announced in April of 2014, when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that the country would no longer import GMO products.
The ban is set to come into effect fully by mid 2017, when all products that could come into contact with the environment will need to be registered with the government. The goal is to eventually create an agricultural landscape in which farmers will be able produce natural, unaltered crops in abundance.
This decision only seems logical for Russia, which as a whole has already decreased from 10% to 0.01% in terms of the total share of GMO food within the industry over the past 10 years. According to GMwatch.org, there are only 57 registered food products in the country that contain GMO ingredients, a staggering difference to North America, where it seems like 1 out of every 57 products contain GMOs. (That of course is not an actual statistic, and just a figure of speech.)
What is your stance on GMOs? Do you believe that there is any hope for other countries (such as the US or Canada) to one day follow suit in banning them? Let us know via the comment section below.
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