Russia rejects GMO products – PM Medvedev

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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.gm foods

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.

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.

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    Stephen J. Crothers

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    [quote name=”Pat Obar”][quote name=”Stephen J. Crothers”]
    What fantasy? Do you deny that scorpion genes have been incorporated into cabbages? Does the average shopper at the supermarket know whether or not the cabbages they are buying contain these foreign scorpion genes? Are cabbages and other GM fresh food labeled if they are GM? What about the contents of processed foods? Are they all labeled as to their GMO contents, if any? There is no fantasy. Consumers are kept in the dark as to the content of the foods they buy and so they don’t have the chance of making a decision for themselves.[/quote]

    Where is your data that shows insect genes, or even Tyrannosaurus Rex genes introduced into a vegetable have any effect on any mammal consuming such vegetable.
    All green alarmists are the same, all fantasy, no evedence! The sky is falling! Why do you hate so? Whether this wonderfull world, or all the critters upon it that make it wonderfull!

    Ok SJC, What repeatable scientific measurments do you have to verify your claims, which seem to be a personal fantasy of SJC? I would be upset if there were SJC genes in my jeans. I would have to burn every pair! SJC is much more terrifing than any scorpion!
    If you do not like the cabbages at the marketplace, grow your own. Are you a do gooder that wants to save all others from Monsanto? 7 billion folk with pitchforks! No need for SJC.[/quote]

    You have perverted my comments. I therefore summarize: (a) GMO is a business venture, it’s intention is therefore profit, not benevolence; (b) people can’t make a reasoned choice in what they consume if they are not provided with the information to enable them to do so. I gave the example of scorpion genes in cabbages, with links to several reports in confirmation.

    And I reiterate: Do you contest that scorpion genes have been incorporated into cabbages? Do you maintain that such cabbages are actually labeled in the grocery stores? Do people even know if such cabbages are on their grocery store shelves?

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    Pat Obar

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    [quote name=”Stephen J. Crothers”]
    What fantasy? Do you deny that scorpion genes have been incorporated into cabbages? Does the average shopper at the supermarket know whether or not the cabbages they are buying contain these foreign scorpion genes? Are cabbages and other GM fresh food labeled if they are GM? What about the contents of processed foods? Are they all labeled as to their GMO contents, if any? There is no fantasy. Consumers are kept in the dark as to the content of the foods they buy and so they don’t have the chance of making a decision for themselves.[/quote]

    Where is your data that shows insect genes, or even Tyrannosaurus Rex genes introduced into a vegetable have any effect on any mammal consuming such vegetable.
    All green alarmists are the same, all fantasy, no evedence! The sky is falling! Why do you hate so? Whether this wonderfull world, or all the critters upon it that make it wonderfull!

    Ok SJC, What repeatable scientific measurments do you have to verify your claims, which seem to be a personal fantasy of SJC? I would be upset if there were SJC genes in my jeans. I would have to burn every pair! SJC is much more terrifing than any scorpion!
    If you do not like the cabbages at the marketplace, grow your own. Are you a do gooder that wants to save all others from Monsanto? 7 billion folk with pitchforks! No need for SJC.

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    Stephen J. Crothers

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    [quote name=”Pat Obar”][quote name=”Stephen J. Crothers”] People can choose to eat scorpion poisoned cabbages or not, but they have no choice if they are ignorant of the fact. Withholding the facts is part of the business objective of GMO, because the truth is not desirable for profit margins.

    No, it’s not a ‘fantasy[/quote]

    I have no problem with removing all patent protection from GM. Monsanto has clearly demonstrated such irrisponsable patents will never benefit the public, which is the only reason for patents.
    There may be future problems with GM that are easily addressed by the FDA and WHO. Opinions only perpetuate your fantasy.

    Ok SJC, What repeatable scientific measurments do you have to verify your claims, which seem to be a personal fantasy of SJC? :-*[/quote]

    What fantasy? Do you deny that scorpion genes have been incorporated into cabbages? Does the average shopper at the supermarket know whether or not the cabbages they are buying contain these foreign scorpion genes? Are cabbages and other GM fresh food labeled if they are GM? What about the contents of processed foods? Are they all labeled as to their GMO contents, if any? There is no fantasy. Consumers are kept in the dark as to the content of the foods they buy and so they don’t have the chance of making a decision for themselves.

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    Pat Obar

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    [quote name=”Stephen J. Crothers”] People can choose to eat scorpion poisoned cabbages or not, but they have no choice if they are ignorant of the fact. Withholding the facts is part of the business objective of GMO, because the truth is not desirable for profit margins.

    No, it’s not a ‘fantasy[/quote]

    I have no problem with removing all patent protection from GM. Monsanto has clearly demonstrated such irrisponsable patents will never benefit the public, which is the only reason for patents.
    There may be future problems with GM that are easily addressed by the FDA and WHO. Opinions only perpetuate your fantasy.

    Ok SJC, What repeatable scientific measurments do you have to verify your claims, which seem to be a personal fantasy of SJC? :-*

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    Stephen J. Crothers

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    [quote name=”Pat Obar”][quote name=”Stephen J. Crothers”][quote name=”Al Shelton”]Great. Now all the “Greens” can move to Russia.
    Good riddance.[/quote]

    People can choose to eat scorpion poisoned cabbages or not, but they have no choice if they are ignorant of the fact. Withholding the facts is part of the business objective of GMO, because the truth is not desirable for profit margins.[/quote]

    Ok SJC, What repeatable scientific measurments do you have to verify your claims, which seem to be a personal fantasy of SJC?[/quote]

    No, it’s not a ‘fantasy’.

    http://naturalsociety.com/gmo-gene-splicing-lunacy-cabbage-mixed-with-scorpion-poison-coming-soon/

    http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/photos/12-bizarre-examples-of-genetic-engineering/venomous-cabbage

    http://www.globalchange.com/designinfo.htm

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    Pat Obar

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    [quote name=”Stephen J. Crothers”][quote name=”Al Shelton”]Great. Now all the “Greens” can move to Russia.
    Good riddance.[/quote]

    People can choose to eat scorpion poisoned cabbages or not, but they have no choice if they are ignorant of the fact. Withholding the facts is part of the business objective of GMO, because the truth is not desirable for profit margins.[/quote]

    Ok SJC, What repeatable scientific measurments do you have to verify your claims, which seem to be a personal fantasy of SJC?

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    Stephen J. Crothers

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    [quote name=”Al Shelton”]Great. Now all the “Greens” can move to Russia.
    Good riddance.[/quote]

    So what does that mean Al? The Greens are a political party, and all political parties are the same, since politics, anywhere and anytime, is organised crime. This is about GMO. GMO is artificial and so it is unnatural. GMO is a business enterprise, and so politicians are involved of course, being part of profit-driven motive; it was not invented for saving the starving masses in this world. The objective of GMO is profits, not public health and good nutrition. Recently scorpion genes were inserted into cabbages ostensibly because this causes cabbages to produce scorpion poison that ‘deters pests’. People can choose to eat scorpion poisoned cabbages or not, but they have no choice if they are ignorant of the fact. Withholding the facts is part of the business objective of GMO, because the truth is not desirable for profit margins.

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    Al Shelton

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    Great. Now all the “Greens” can move to Russia.
    Good riddance.

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