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Russia will not import GMO products - PM Medvedev

Published time: April 06, 2014 00:58
Edited time: April 07, 2014 10:33
RIA Novosti / Maksim Bogodvid

RIA Novosti / Maksim Bogodvid

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.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks at a meeting of United Russia deputies from Russian rural villages in Volgograd on April 5, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Shtukina)

Earlier, agriculture minister Nikolay Fyodorov also stated that Russia should remain free of genetically modified products.

At the end of February, the Russian parliament asked the government to impose a temporary ban on all genetically altered products in Russia.

The State Duma’s Agriculture Committee supported a ban on the registration and trade of genetically modified organisms. It was suggested that until specialists develop a working system of control over the effects of GMOs on humans and the natural environment, the government should impose a moratorium on the breeding and growth of genetically modified plants, animals, and microorganisms.

Earlier this month, MPs of the parliamentary majority United Russia party, together with the ‘For Sovereignty’ parliamentary group, suggested an amendment of the existing law On Safety and Quality of Alimentary Products, with a norm set for the maximum allowed content of transgenic and genetically modified components.

There is currently no limitation on the trade or production of GMO-containing food in Russia. However, when the percentage of GMO exceeds 0.9 percent, the producer must label such goods and warn consumers. Last autumn, the government passed a resolution allowing the listing of genetically modified plants in the Unified State Register. The resolution will come into force in July.

Comments (225)


Igor R 29.07.2014 22:02

Studies in many countries have shown that rats after being fed with GMO soy stop producing offspring in 3rd generation. GMO food serves the same agenda of population reduction as well as BPA and other things we consume every day. So Christopher Dellamura, it is not natural and it is not just different genetic code. It is an UNNATURAL genetic code that your body does not understand and stops functioning they way it should.


Zx GoneOnAcid xZ 28.07.2014 17:15

Christopher Dellamura 23.05.2014 14:02

Big corporations do control everything already. We need government to wake up and stand for the little person. With that said, I just don't care about GMO foods. No proof they are bad. It's still natural. Just with a different genetic code.


have you ever heard of "the china study? or have you ever seen what happens to ppl nearby the places where GMO's are sold? cancer, diabetes,and general bad health is becoming common in the cities where it is sold. just look at america...for one. if that doesnt convince you check the china study.


Janis Schmidt 26.06.2014 20:17

Go Russia! Prime Minister and former president Dmitry Medvedev obviously puts the health of his people first by banning Monsanto and GMO food. What a great country! We aren't that smart in America. Having eaten all that GMO food had left us brain damaged and stupid. But what the's the profit margin that counts.

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