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Russia puts ban on import of GMO foods due to their toxicity

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Edited by Joseph Earnest  April 22, 2014

Written by William Engdahl


Newscast Media MOSCOWThe Russian government recently announced it would ban import and commercialization of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the Russian Federation. New evidence suggests that the health and safety dangers of the GMO assault on our food quality involve the paired agrichemicals that are used in almost all GMO seeds today, namely Monsanto Roundup and other glysophate-based weed killers.

In December 2013, Professor Irina Ermakova, vice president of Russia's National Association for Genetic Safety, together with a group of Russian scientists, called on the government to impose a 10-year ban or moratorium in order that the influence of GMOs and their chemical herbicides can be thoroughly studied for their influence on human health. Ermakova some years before conducted GMO rat-feeding tests that showed alarming results, including extreme mortality rates.

"It is necessary to ban GMO, to impose a moratorium for 10 years. While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed," Ermakova said. "It has been proved that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMO is dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMO are not perfect, therefore, at this stage, all GMOs are dangerous," Ermakova added.

At a congress of United Russia deputies from Russian rural villages in Volgograd on April 5, 2014, Medvedev expressed his clearest opposition to GMOs to date. He stated that Russia will not import GMO products. "If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don't need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,” he said.

At the end of February, the Russian parliament asked the government to impose a temporary ban on all genetically altered products in Russia. The Russian State Duma's Agriculture Committee backed a ban on the registration and trade of genetically modified organisms. Indicating support for Ermakova's call, they suggested that until specialists develop a working system of control over the effects of GMOs on humans and the natural environment, the government should impose a moratorium on the breeding and growth of genetically modified plants, animals and microorganisms.

Research indicates strongly that the chemical toxins in the herbicide Roundup sold in combination with every Monsanto GMO plant, as well as most every other, is in fact more toxic to humans than reported. And that, in concentrations far lower than in doses used in the family garden spraying. The evidence points clearly to the fact that the agrichemical industry has engaged in a criminal cover-up of these dangers.

Published scientific research results suggest horrifying corroboration of just that. Yet the EU's designated food health and safety oversight body, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and EU governments, to say nothing of the US Food and Drug Authority (FDA), insist on not looking into what could be one of the major sources of ghastly new rises in diseases, illnesses and even death in both the EU and the US and other places where Roundup is widely used.

In September 2012, Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini and his research team at France’s Caen University published a peer-reviewed, first-ever, two-year study of effects of feeding rats not only GMO Monsanto NK603 Roundup-tolerant maize, but also of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. The results were so alarming that the corrupt EU Commission and the even-more corrupt scientists of the EFSA scrambled to come up with a way to discredit that study.

In another review of published studies on the toxicity of the chemical herbicide used with almost all GMO plants, Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff in the US, have found more confirmations the Seralini warnings about the toxic dangers of Monsanto Roundup.

Their review concluded, in regard to glyphosate, the main active component of Roundup herbicide, that, “Residues (of glyphosate-w.e.) are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosate's inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”

The conclusions, in short, are that Roundup, the most widely used weed killer in the world, is found in the main foods we eat—sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Its main component, glyphosate, inhibits the enzyme of the human body that plays a crucial biological role detoxifying xenobiotics, and thereby exaggerates the toxic effects of other chemical residues in our chemically-saturated industrial foods or other environmental toxins. Its damaging effects accumulate slowly so we do not realize until it is too late. Xenobiotics is the generic term referring to any foreign chemical substance found within an organism that is not normally naturally produced, such as antibiotics or other foreign chemicals.

Observation by Joseph Earnest:

Since the US is the biggest exporter of GMO foods, this ban of unhealthy foods by Russia is its way of punishing the US food market, after the US imposed sanctions on it.  The ban also protects Russians from the health hazards of toxins found in GMO foods, that manifest as degenerative and nerve ailments.  Add Comments>>


William Engdahl is an award-winning geopolitical analyst and strategic risk consultant whose internationally best-selling books have been translated into thirteen foreign languages.

Source: RT











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