Russian President Putin Wants Russia To Lead The World With GMO Free Food!
Russia has decided that the country will shun biotechnological methods to grow it’s food supply. President Vladimir Putin wants his country’s food supply to be among the “cleanest in the world.”
This is a far cry from the American model which is headed toward a food supply dominated by patented, genetically modified food with potentially far reaching unknown consequences for farmers and consumers.
It will be interesting to see how Russia is able to pull off this feat given that at some point in the future it is inevitable that pollination could introduce unintended strains to their food supply. However, it is a laudable goal.
Read more about President Putin’s stand against Big Ag below:
The future of agriculture in Russia won’t involve genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), says the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. In order to preserve the quality and integrity of its food supply, Russia plans to stick with growing methods that protect the soil and boost yields naturally, a move that Dvorkovich says will make his country’s food among the “cleanest in the world.”
Russia does not import GMOs like most of Europe currently does, nor does it grow them. Unlike the U.S., Russia has deep concerns about the safety of GMOs and has chosen to implement an extended moratorium on their use as it looks to other, safer technologies that don’t come with the risk of birth defects, endocrine disruption and cancer.
Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food.
Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements on Saturday.
“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,” he said.
The prime minister said he ordered widespread monitoring of the agricultural sector. He added that despite rather strict restrictions, a certain amount of GMO products and seeds have made it to the Russian market.