Russia Considering Total GMO Ban

Per the website GM Watch:

The order is addressed to Rospotrebnadzor, the Health Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry, and the Trade and Economic Development Ministry. They are ordered to “submit proposals on amendments to the Russian legislation aimed at tightening control over the turnover of products containing components obtained from GMOs together with the relevant federal executive bodies

Sheeple: People unable to think for themselves

The Russian government has ordered all relevant agencies to examine whether or not to continue imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the country.

According to reports, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the action, directing the agencies to make their recommendation by October 15.

Per the website GM Watch:

The order is addressed to Rospotrebnadzor, the Health Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry, and the Trade and Economic Development Ministry. They are ordered to “submit proposals on amendments to the Russian legislation aimed at tightening control over the turnover of products containing components obtained from GMOs together with the relevant federal executive bodies.”

‘Russia is currently taking a hard line on GMOs’

The Russian agencies have also been instructed to submit proposals “on the possibility of banning the import of such products into the Russian Federation.”

Medvedev’s order came after a similar directive was issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin…

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Russia Says it’s Compiled 100-Page Report Blaming Syrian Rebels for a Chemical Weapons Attack by Matthew Schofield

The report itself was not released. But the statement drew a pointed comparison between what it said was the scientific detail of the report and the far shorter intelligence summaries that the United States, Britain and France have released to justify their assertion that the Syrian government launched chemical weapons against Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21. The longest of those summaries, by the French, ran nine pages. Each relies primarily on circumstantial evidence to make its case, and they disagree with one another on some details, including the number of people who died in the attack.

The Russian statement warned the United States and its allies not to conduct a military strike against Syria until the United Nations had completed a similarly detailed scientific study into the Aug. 21 attack. It warned that what it called the current “hysteria” about a possible military strike in the West was similar to the false claims and poor intelligence that preceded the United States invasion of Iraq.

“The Russian report is specific,” the ministry statement said. “It is a scientific and technical document.”

The statement also noted that the attention paid to the Aug. 21 attack had diverted attention from the investigation into the March 19 incident, which was the reason U.N. investigators were in Syria when the more recent attack took place.

“Unfortunately, that investigation still essentially has not begun,” the statement said.

 

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by Matthew Schofield
www.mcclatchydc.com
September 5, 2013

Russia says it has compiled a 100-page report detailing what it says is evidence that Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, were behind a deadly sarin gas attack in an Aleppo suburb earlier this year.

In a statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website late Wednesday. Russian officials said the report had been delivered to the United Nations in July and includes detailed scientific analysis of samples that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack, Khan al Asal.

Russia said its investigation of the March 19 incident was conducted under strict protocols established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international agency that governs adherence to treaties prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. It said samples that Russian technicians had collected had been sent to OPCW-certified laboratories in Europe.

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Russia Bans Genetically Modified Corn From US Due To Breast Cancer Fears

I wrote a zine that had a “Population Control is Easy” article periodically. It’s time to revisit that….

Russia Bans Genetically Modified Corn From US Due To Breast Cancer Fears

 

Lee Rannals
RedOrbit
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:26 CDT
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Russia is halting all shipments of American corn due to a study that revealed a higher risk in breast cancer.The country has suspended the import and use of American genetically modified (GM) corn after a study suggested a link to breast cancer and organ damage. The European Food Safety Authority has followed up the action with its own review into the research.

Other countries may soon follow Russia’s footsteps in taking the extreme measures to keep the carcinogenic corn away from its consumers.

Researchers from a French university reported in a respected scientific journal that they found raised levels of breast cancer, liver and kidney damage in the GM corn, which carries the name NK603.

The trials found evidence that consumption of minuscule amounts of commonly used weed killer, Roundup, was associated with a raised risk of cancer as well. Both the GM corn, and Roundup are created by biotech company Monsanto.

Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s consumer rights watchdog, said that it has suspended the import and use of the Monsanto GM corn in the country. It also said the country’s Institute of Nutrition has been asked to assess the validity of the study.

Currently, GM corn is not on supermarket shelves in Europe, but it is still used to be fed to farm animals, such as hens, pigs and dairy cows.

Monsanto said last week that it did not think the French study would affect its license to export the NK603 to Europe.

“Based on our initial review, we do not believe the study presents information that would justify any change in EFSA’s views on the safety of genetically modified corn products or alter their approval status for genetically modified imports,” the company said in a statement.

Over the last week, Pro-GM scientists have undermined the French study by criticizing the way the study was conducted. However, independent scientists have praised the team’s work.

During the study, scientists fed Roundup Ready corn to rats for two years, and reported that both females and males developed cancer and died at higher rates than controls used in the experiment.

A spokesman for Monsanto said on Tuesday that Russia’s ban on the corn would not have much of an affect.

“Russia is a net exporter of grain, so the actual impact of their temporary suspension, if any, is likely to be small,” the spokesman said in a statement.

The French government ordered its food-safety agency to review the study last week, saying it would seek an immediate ban on European Union imports of crop if the study’s findings were found to be conclusive.