In May 2013, the European Union Times reported minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry that revealed the Russian leader’s “extreme outrage” over the Obama regime’s continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to war.
Six months later, an association of Russian scientists called for a 10-year moratorium on the production of GM organisms to give the country’s specialists time to study their effects on the human body.
Irina Yermakova, director of the Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology Institute (PhD Biology), said: “It has been proven that in those regions and countries where there are many products containing GMO there has been a surge in oncological diseases and diabetes . . . ten years would give scientists time to plan experiments and develop new research methods”.
The issue was recently discussed by Russia’s Security Council
Voice of Russia reported on March 27th – during a meeting with the council of the parliament’s upper house – that Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia must protect its citizens from the use of foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and that this can be done in compliance with the country’s obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO).
He insisted: “The market and citizens must be protected from poor-quality products and food, consequences of consumption of which are not fully studied yet. We can, must and will do it, together with the public, specialists and deputies . . .”.
President Putin noted that there was no control over GMO use: “We cannot 100% say what volume enters our market”. One of the senators added that – to date – sales of GM seeds worldwide has totalled about $50 billion, “and the main owner of the rights to GMOs – the United States”. He asked the president to take control of this problem, recalling that a bill to ban the import of GMOs has been put forward.
An order, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in September 2013, instituting a state system for registering genetically modified organisms intended for use and products created with or containing such organisms, was ratified by the Russian government. Monitoring the effects will be delegated to various state agencies, depending on the specific uses of the products and will come into force in July 2014.
RBTH reports that President Putin instructed officials, in August 2013, to increase monitoring of the trade in GM products. This meant making registration more complicated. In other words, despite the fact that, from June 1, it will be possible to register GM seed corn, in practice, this process may drag out over several years.
In February 2014, a group of Russian MPs prepared the bill, which aims to severely restrict imports of genetically modified agricultural produce and completely ban its domestic production. Read on here. Officially, there is a ban in place on the import of GM varieties. In practice, however, RBTH reports that GMOs are being used. “Without laboratory tests, it’s virtually impossible to work out whether seeds have been genetically modified,” says Mikhail Orlov, the president of Ambika-Agro.
On 26th March, Reuters reported that President Obama, visiting Brussels to discuss trade relations and the Ukraine crisis, faced anti-GM demonstrators. Eight months into the trade pact talks, public hostility has grown towards the idea of unfettered transatlantic commerce, with concerns about the potential damage to food safety and the environment under a free-trade pact.