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‘Stop GMOs’: Russian scientists urge 10-year ban on genetically modified products

Published time: December 16, 2013 01:27
Edited time: December 17, 2013 12:03
RIA Novosti / Egor Eremov

RIA Novosti / Egor Eremov

Russian scientists are calling for a 10-year moratorium on GMOs to thoroughly study their influence on human health, stressing that such examinations are vital.

"It is necessary to ban GMO, to impose moratorium [on it] for 10 years. While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed,” vice president of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety, Irina Ermakova, told Interfax news agency.

According to her, there have not been enough sufficient studies on GMO influence on human health to allow for a wide introduction of genetically modified food on the market.

However, scientists say that most studies prove that such food comes along with dangerous side effects.

“It has been proved that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMO is dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMO are not perfect, therefore, at this stage, all GMOs are dangerous," Ermakova said.

She went on to explain that one of the techniques uses tumor-causing soil bacteria.

"Consumption and use of GMOs obtained in such way can lead to tumors, cancers and obesity among animals," Ermakova said.

She added that doctors have seen a surge of diabetes and cancer in regions where residents have consumed larger amounts of GMO-containing food.

"Biotechnologies certainly should be developed, but GMO should be stopped. [We] should stop it from spreading,” Ermakova added.

In September, Russia endorsed the Rules for the State Registration of GMO and GMO-containing Products. The law enforces compulsory registration of all products containing GM components.

Also in September, Russian authorities temporarily suspended the import and sale of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn after a French study suggested it may be linked to cancer. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered regulatory agencies to consider a possible ban on all GMO imports into Russia.

Comments (49)


maximus zeebra 08.04.2014 08:48

[quote name='Moirraine' time='24.01.2014 01:51']TRUST.[/quote ]

There are no herbacides and pesticides in Organic food


Moirraine 24.01.2014 01:51

Ok, Russia Today, here's an assignment for you since our leaders and news organizations won't do it...
Take freshly harvested GMO wheat - make sure you have a lot of it and test it to see how much of the chemicals that are dumped on these poor plants is STILL IN THE FIBERS and can NOT be washed out.
You don't do it either or you'd have your own government in Russia passing the law TOMORROW.
When "news" organizations DO THEIR JOBS and TEST what they say might be bad and PROVE it, THEN you will EARN OUR TRUST.


Leslie Goldman 26.12.2013 19:05

Sounds like a Communist Plot to bankrupt UNCle Sam's #1 favorite industry now--banking on the export of Gmos to third world people. \

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