Poland bans Monsanto GMO corn

SUBHEAD: Outside the U.S. opposition to GMO food model gets a lot stronger—and more effective.  

By Rachel Cernansky on 6 April 2012 for TreeHugger - 

Image above: Map showing areas of Europe in green where GMOs are banned. From (http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/gmo-free-regions/maps.html).
News broke this week that Monsanto has threatened to sue Vermont if it passes a law requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.

But look outside the U.S., and opposition to the company and the biotech model it represents gets a lot stronger—and more effective. We saw that in a new report showing how much people around the world hate Monsanto. And now, following anti-Monsanto activism in other countries, Poland has announced plans to completely ban the growth of Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810.
Natural Society has more:
The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations.
In addition to being linked to a plethora of health ailments, Sawicki says that the pollen originating from this GM strain may actually be devastating the already dwindling bee population.
And AFP explains more about recent news on GMOs in Europe:
On March 9, seven European countries — Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland and Slovakia — blocked a proposal by the Danish EU presidency to allow the cultivation of genetically-modified plants on the continent.
Seven days after that, France imposed a temporary ban on the MON810 strain.


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