posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 12:47 AM
According to these two sites;
The following countries have banned or restricted the import, distribution, sale, utilization, field trials and commercial planting of
Africa: Algeria, Egypt
Asia: Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Japan, Phillipines
Europe: The European Union, Norway, Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Portugal
Latin America: Brazil, Paraguay
Middle East: Saudi Arabia
North America: Maryland has banned GE (genetically engineered) fish and North Dakota and Montana have filed bans on GE wheat. The
Municipalities of Burlington, Vermont (declared a moratorium on GE food), Boulder, Colorado (bans on GE crops) and the City and County of San
Francisco (urged the federal government to ban GE food) are the only towns or states to take some sort of stand against plants, animals, foods, crops
and body products that are, or contain Genetically Modified Organisms.
NOTE: The U.S. government, and the FDA do not require anything Genetically Modified to be identified on ingredient lists. Genetically Modified foods
and products are in widespread use and distribution throughout the U.S.
Pacific: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa,
Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand
While this list gives an interesting overview of supposed Country bans, it does not implicitly state which stance has been taken.
Whether it is a total ban on GMO, or just restrictions on use or importation.
More investigation is needed.
Percentage of crops that are Genetically Modified in the U.S.:
Cotton (Cottonseed) (76%)
Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%)
Zucchini and Yellow Squash (small amount)
Quest brand tobacco (100%)
Particular points to note;
The cultivation of Monsanto's MON 810 corn was forbidden in France on February 9, of 2008. It was the only GMO authorized in France. The
safeguard measure is taken as far as side effects on human health will be known. In 2010 Marion Guillou, president of the National Institute for
Agronomical Research and one of France's top farm researcher, said she can no longer work on developing new GMOs due to widespread distrust and even
hostility by European consumers.
States only Corn is banned and does not mention the importation regulations of GMO.
In New Zealand, no genetically modified food is grown and no medicines containing live genetically-modified organisms have been approved for use.
However, medicines manufactured using genetically modified organisms that do not contain live organisms have been approved for sale, and imported
foods with genetically modified components are sold.
New Zealand was also on the receiving end of a painful EQ stick.
Other European Countries
MON 810 (maize) was the first GMO crop to be cultivated in Europe. The initial lines of maize were approved in 1997 and, by 2009, 76,000 hectares of
GM maize were grown in Spain (20% of Spain's maize production). Smaller amounts were produced in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Romania and
Poland. However, in addition to France and Germany, other European countries that have placed bans on the cultivation and sale of GMOs include
Austria, Hungary, Greece, and Luxembourg. Ireland has also banned GMO cultivation, and has instituted a voluntary label for GMO-free food
products. Poland has also tried to institute a ban, with backlash from the European Commission. Bulgaria effectively
banned cultivation of genetically modified organisms on March 18, 2010.
On 2 March 2010 a second species of GMO, a potato named Amflora, was approved for cultivation for industrial applications in the EU by the European
Commission and was grown in Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic that year. On 13 July 2010, the European Commission issued a
recommendation that in future individual states in the EU should be able to ban the growing of specific GM crops that had been scientifically approved
at the EU level.
So we see here that there are some places that would like to impose a ban, and until a year ago were not allowed to without penalty.
Australia is weird with their banning of GMO, but basically, the only state to impose a ban is South Australia.
Possibly worth making an entirely different thread with this information and other connected dots relating to not only GMO bans, but other corporate
interests like Banking and Oil.