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Prince Charles has called it the "biggest environmental disaster of all time," while Monsanto and others maintain it's safe for humans and the environment. Genetically modified foods are a contentious issue, but Ireland is erring on the side of caution, placing a ban on growing any genetically modified crops.
Ireland will ban growing of GM crops, and a voluntary GM-free label can be placed on all animal products--such as meat, poultry, eggs, fish, crustaceans, and dairy--that are raised with GM-free feed, according to a GM-Free Ireland press release. Ireland joins Japan and Egypt as one of the few but growing number of countries that have banned the cultivation of GM crops.
Originally posted by Sovaka
Interesting how the other listed countries that have also banned GM crops have gone through a huge upheaval.
Coincidence? I don't think so...
Maybe we should look into other countries that have banned GM crops?
Start connecting the dots so to speak.
The following countries have banned or restricted the import, distribution, sale, utilization, field trials and commercial planting of GMO’s:
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
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%)
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.
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.
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.
Originally posted by Sovaka
reply to post by spikey
Japan is on the list I quoted
I was trying to find some correlation with GMO and Iraq.
Also with places like Yemen that are next in the cross-hairs.
As well as Iran then Saudi Arabia.
Originally posted by lifttheveil
I wish us English had the balls of The Irish, the way things are going though we'd better learn to grow them quick.
Great post OP, always nice to read good newsedit on 17-4-2011 by lifttheveil because: Spelling
Originally posted by Anttyk47
Ireland will ban growing of GM crops...