by Joshua Krause
Isn’t it interesting how different countries treat the legality of genetically modified crops? Most governments, as well as their citizens, seem to be wary of planting lab grown crops on their soil. With the exception of the US, the world seems to be reaching a near unanimous tipping point in regards to Monsanto’s frankenfood.
Recently, Germany moved to stop the proliferation of these crops. A new EU law that was approved earlier this year would allow GMO’s to be grown in Europe, but German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has expressed his desire to opt out of the law. A spokesman for the ministry told Bloomberg that “The German government is clear in that it seeks a nationwide cultivation ban,” and that “There’s resistance from all sides, from the public to the farmers.” Previous EU laws forced all member states to accept any GMO that was approved by Brussels, but under the new law each EU nation will have until October to opt out.
As GMO fears grow across the world, numerous governments have shied away from these crops. In 2013, there were 26 countries that had banned GMOs, while 60 others had placed some restrictions on them. Meanwhile, our government just keeps doubling down on GMOs, and has tried to outlaw the labeling of these foods, despite polls showing that most Americans want to know what they’re eating. But in America, money talks louder than ethics, so don’t expect to see any GMO restrictions in the US any time soon.