Latvia and Greece Ban Monsanto’s GM Corn as U.S. & Mexico Cave to Biotech Industry

Brussels, Belgium – The refusal of Latvia and Greece to grow Monsanto GM corn brings the total number of European countries to publicly oppose the cultivation of genetically modified crops to five.

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Breaking: Europe is rejecting Monsanto’s GMOs, 2 more countries Greece & Latvia Just Say No! 

In March, a new rule was passed by the EU, which allows individual countries to opt out of cultivating certain GM crops even if they are approved for EU wide use.

While Monsanto insists it’s crop is safe, many Europeans fear a loss of biodiversity if the GM corn takes hold on the European continent and question the safety of related chemicals such as glycophate.

The U.S. agribusiness industry has worked tirelessly to open the European markets to American GM crops, amidst fierce opposition from the public.

Genetically modified foods are an integral piece of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, which will require the EU to fully open their doors to the U.S. GMO industry.

According to Reuters, Monsanto responded to Latvia’s decision to opt-out, claiming that it “contradicts and undermines the scientific consensus on the safety of MON810”.

“Nevertheless, we regret that some countries are deviating from a science-based approach to innovation in agriculture and have elected to prohibit the cultivation of a successful GM product on arbitrary political grounds,” the statement said.

In the U.S., the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, better known to anti-GMO activists as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. The bill preempts state laws that mandate GMO labeling, essentially making it impossible for Americans to determine if their food is genetically modified.


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While Americans are essentially asleep at the wheel, and the Mexican government has recently sold out to Monsanto, it’s clear that Europe is beginning to pushing back against the predatory practices of big U.S. biotech companies.

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on BenSwann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPressNews and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

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2 Responses to “Latvia and Greece Ban Monsanto’s GM Corn as U.S. & Mexico Cave to Biotech Industry”

  1. Dogman says:

    A study called “Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America” pinpoints a significant correlation between GMOs and 22 diseases.

    Why does the biotech industry keep hiding the toxicity of their products? Well, there are numerous reasons – the corruption of the American and international governments, the fact that the USDA’s main man appointed by Obama was a former Monsanto executive, and the tremendously deep pockets of mega-corporations to launch propaganda campaigns – are just a few.

    The aforementioned title was published in The Journal of Organic Systems. It is full of very detailed evidence of the link between genetically modified ingredients and diseases such as liver failure, urinary and bladder cancers, hypertension, thyroid disease, stroke, obesity, and more. It is replete with telling charts and graphs that describe visually the mayhem that GMOs have unleashed on society.

    Though the authors admit that correlation is not proof of causation, they state that:

    “. . .we have data for 22 diseases, all with a high degree of correlation and very high significance. It seems highly unlikely that all of these can be random coincidence.”

    They also bring attention to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s position paper on genetically modified (GM) foods:

    “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.”

    Since glyphosate is also an endocrine disruptor, this would imply that the current permitted residue levels in food could be causing multiple health problems that have been documented in the scientific literature.

    The endocrine system is essential to human health. Since it is being attacked by biotech chemicals on a daily basis, the glands in our bodies like the pituitary, thymus, and pineal can’t secrete hormones that keep us fit, healthy, and disease-free.

  2. Dogman says:

    Nassim Taleb did a study using statistical analysis to make the case that GMOs, by their very nature, will disrupt the ecosystems of this planet in ways that mankind is only just beginning to comprehend. Because they represent a systemic risk rather than a localized one — GM traits are known to spread unconstrained throughout the environment — GMOs will eventually breach the so-called “ecocide barrier,” leading to catastrophic ecosystem failure.

    “There are mathematical limitations to predictability in a complex system, ‘in the wild,’ which is why focusing on the difference between local (or isolated) and systemic threats is a central aspect of our warnings,” Taleb is quoted as saying by, noting that it’s essentially impossible to contain the inevitable spread of GMO traits far and wide.

    GMOs are not ‘scientific,’ and nearly every argument used in their defense is flawed.
    Besides using math and risk-based analysis to show that GMOs simply cannot coexist with nature as is commonly claimed — GMOs will eventually contaminate the natural world around them — Taleb also deconstructs many of the “arguments” used by GMO advocates to defend the commercial use of untested transgenic materials, including the oft-repeated lie that GMOs are no different than natural organisms.

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