Russia to be self sufficient and GMO-free by 2020.
President Vladimir Putin has announced his desire for his country to be ‘ecologically clean’, free of GMO’s and totally self-sufficient by the year 2020.
Putin spoke to the Russian parliament, saying:
“We are not only able to feed ourselves taking into account our lands, water resources – Russia is able to become the largest world supplier of healthy, ecologically clean and high-quality food which the Western producers have long lost, especially given the fact that demand for such products in the world market is steadily growing,”
Russia are doing remarkably well in the food-growing stakes and now export more food than they import. With other countries such as the UK falling down in this respect, as they have to reply on other countries to feed their people, Russia are already up and ready to start looking after themselves in this respect.
“Ten years ago, we imported almost half of the food from abroad, and were dependenton imports. Now Russia is among the exporters. Last year, Russian exports of agricultural products amounted to almost $20 billion – a quarter more than the revenue from the sale of arms, or one-third the revenue coming from gas exports,”
The matter of GMO’s is a contentious issue across the world. The U.S seem to have pandered to the likes of Monsanto, because of this much of the food you see on American supermarket shelves are packed full of GMO’s. It is this unnatural image Putin and his staff are trying to get away from.
According to Natural Revolution, as of early 2015, the list of countries banning GMOs was growing:
Japan – No GM seeds to be planted in the country, however they import large quantites of canola from Canada (one of the largest GM canola producers in the world.)
New Zealand – No GM foods are grown in the country.
Germany – Bans on the cultivation and sale of GMO maize.
Ireland – A banning of cultivation, but imports GM foods. A voluntary system of labelling is in place.
Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Luxembourg – Bans on the cultivation and sale of GMOs.
France – GM corn has been approved but only for imports. The French are highly suspicious of GMOs and cultivation is forbidden.
Others with full bans are Maderia, and Switzerland.
Australia has since lifted most bans, has no labelling in place, and only the South Australian and Tasmanian states forbid its cultivation. With no solid border controls in Australia, this would be difficult to achieve.