Friday, February 26, 2016

F. William Engdahl — Russia Bans US GMO Imports

Russia is making consequent its decision last fall to ban the commercial planting of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO in its agriculture acreage. The latest decision, effective February 15, 2016 does not at all please Monsanto or the US Grain Cartel.
On February 15, a Russian national import ban on soybeans and corn imports from the United States took effect. The Russian food safety regulator Rosselkhoznadzor announced that the ban was because of GMO and of microbial contamination and the absence of effective US controls on soybean and corn exports to prevent export of quarantinable grains, also known as microbial contamination. The Russian food safety regulator added that corn imported from the US is often infected with dry rot of maize. In addition, he said, corn can be used for GMO crops in Russia. The potential damage from import and spread of quarantinable objects on the territory of Russia is estimated at $126 -189 million annually.
The Russian decision is a huge blow to USA agribusiness. For decades, the US grain cartel companies–ADM, Cargill, Bunge–have dominated the global trade in soybeans and corn, the most widely used animal feed for cattle, pigs, chickens because of its high protein content.
Russia bans growing and importation of Frankenfoods.

Russia Bans US GMO Imports
F. William Engdahl


mike norman said...

Good for Russia!

MRW said...

Smart move.

(1) Russia is re-developing their own agriculture post-sanctions. Non-GMO grains will be a lucrative market. Look at the physical size of that country. I calculated the width as the same distance from Seattle to Tehran.
(2) Accepting US GMO grains run the risk of tampered seed. Possible danger to farm animal population. Possible danger to soil. Russia’s agricultural soil is rich in nutrients. Sabotaging that would kill their population.
(3) As Stephen Cohen pointed out, the Russkies no longer trust the US in any way, shape, or form.

Tom Hickey said...

As Stephen Cohen pointed out, the Russkies no longer trust the US in any way, shape, or form.

With good reason.

Now if Americans would just wake up.