Venezuela and Denmark March Against Monsanto


When Two More Countries Join The March To Ban GM Products

SOURCE : seattleorganicrestaurants.com

Venezuela and Denmark are joining 30 other countries that have already banned GMOs in their countries. According to GMwatch, socialist deputy of Venezuela, Alfredo Urena said that Venezuela is moving forward on approving laws and crafting a new legislation that will protect his country from the threat of GMO seeds and crops.

Image taken from thewatchers.adorraeli.com

Alfredo Urena made a comment on the state-run TV mentioning that “there are a number of studies throughout the world which affirm that the health of humans and animals may be impacted when they consume genetically-modified foods”.  He also said that “this is a Law on Seeds that is anti-GMOs, because it is not only Venezuela, but the whole world that is saying that we cannot continue supporting GMOs, not only for the use of food and consumption, but for their technology that makes use of agro-chemical fertilizers.”

Denmark is also joining Venezuela and in fact, many food companies in Denmark have been rejecting GMOs. Although GMOs are not illegal in Denmark, they are growing more and more unpopular among food distributors and the public.

Even the giant biotech company, Monsanto is giving up on planting GMO crops in Denmark. Brandon Mitchener, the head of PR for Monsanto in Europe said that “Monsanto only sells GMO corn in three European countries. We won’t be spending more money trying to convince people to grow them.”

According to OrganicConsumers.com even Peru has put a 10 year ban on genetically modified foodsthat prohibits the production, import and use of GMO foods and crops. Banning GMOs in Peru is meant to protect the country’s biodiversity and prevent the chances of cross-contamination of GMO crops with native or conventional ones.

Also, after the famous Seralini study showed huge tumors on rats that were fed with GMOs, Russia banned the import of Monsanto’s GMO corn so did other countries including France, Ireland,  Japan and Egypt.

At the same time, countries who don’t have a ban on GMOs are putting more and more restricted laws on growing genetically modified organisms. For example in Germany, the farmers who grow GM foods are required to maintain a certain distance from native crops and are held liable if their GMO crops contaminate organic or conventional ones.

More than 72 countries have also required GMO labeling including the European Union, Japan, Australia, China, Thailand, Chili, south Africa and Saudi Arabia.

Other sources : venezuelanalysis.com , organicconsumers.org

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