Hungarians have taken a stand against GMO production and have destroyed 1000 acres of Monsanto maize. The strong stance against the biotech giant is a no-hostages-taken protest against their monopoly and attempts to thwart the European market with their GM foods.
“Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said.
Currently, Hungary has a ban on genetically modified seeds. Similarly, elsewhere in the world, Peru has passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.
The current findings have raised questions as to how the GM Pioneer Monsanto products have come to be among maize as traders are obliged to ensure their products are GMO free, Bognar stated. But the catch is that due to the free movement of goods within the EU, investigations will only involve checking the location where the seeds were found rather than how they entered the country.
Local farmers have also complained as they have since discovered that the seeds they have planted are GMO seeds.
Since May 2015, the new legislations make GMO’s legal unless countries specifically opt out. So far, Scotland has opted out from the UK and Germany is considering the move.
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