Russia the world’s organic food champion

Harvesting wheat at the fields of the Lebyage-Chepiginskoe JSC in Timashevsky District, Krasnodar Territory

Putin’s Trump Card: Russia May Outperform the West in Unexpected Way

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Russia could become one of the world’s largest organic food producers, investigative journalist Seth Ferris notes, adding that contrary to the West’s expectations Moscow used anti-Russian sanctions to its own advantage.

While the Western political establishment has lulled itself into a false belief that the US-championed sanctions policy has left the Russian economy in tatters, a window of opportunity has opened for the country.Believe it or not, Russia has a unique opportunity to beat the West at its own game. And it’s not about gas supplies or oil extraction — it’s about food production.

The country’s arable land amounts to 2,168,400 square kilometers; however, the crux of the matter is that Russia’s agricultural workers largely avoided sowing genetically modified crops or exhausting the soil by using herbicides. That means Russia’s arable lands are perfectly suited for natural food production.

It is remarkable that the significant portion of Vladimir Putin‘s annual address to the Russian Duma was devoted to agricultural reform, aimed at bolstering the sector, Seth Ferris, investigative journalist and political scientist, notes in his analysis for New Eastern Outlook.

“On the surface, the agriculture reform seems merely logical. This is exactly why commentators have been searching so hard for hidden meaning. Russia never adopted the mass-production methods of Western agriculture… It therefore has vast swathes of land which could be used productively but are currently idle. It makes a lot of sense for Russia to want to put this land to use, and if it is going to spend state money on such a program it is obviously going to try and get the highest return it can,” Ferris narrates.

He calls attention to the fact that the Russian leader is offering that the country should not only grow its own food but to produce food of high value — not genetically modified (GMOs) and not artificially enhanced.Indeed, in one of his recent articles for the same media outlet American researcher and author F. William Engdahl praised Russia for banning genetically modified products on its territory as well as GMO imports from the US.

“Russia is making consequent its decision last fall to ban the commercial planting of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO in its agriculture acreage. The latest decision, effective February 15, 2016 does not at all please Monsanto or the US Grain Cartel,” Engdahl wrote, adding that the Kremlin policy is dealing a heavy blow to Western GMO cartels.

According to Ferris, there are a number of political factors lying beneath Vladimir Putin’s proposed agricultural reforms, which obviously include the West’s sanctions policy against Moscow.

“If these reforms are successful, Russia will indeed become a major organic food producer, and this will have considerable political consequences the West will not like,” Ferris notes.

Indeed, according to the EU Parliament report, since the collapse of the USSR Russia has been regarded by Europe as “the second most important destination” for EU agricultural products.Given the fact that Russia possesses vast arable lands and has practical experience in livestock farming, it seems surprising that for years the country has imported a wide variety of agricultural products from abroad instead of boosting its own agricultural sector.

“The West is very fond of proclaiming principles and then completely ignoring them. When it does, Russia takes advantage. It imposed sanctions on Russia whilst ignoring them elsewhere, so Russia has to grow its own food and the West will want to pay for it,” Ferris remarks.

“If it can get its land working, Russia will give the people of developing countries as well as trendy Westerners what they want,” the investigative journalist emphasizes.

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6 Responses to “Russia the world’s organic food champion”

  1. Gordon says:

    Ten years ago, Russia imported half of its food from abroad, Mr Putin told parliament. But the country has turned from an importer into an exporter of foods, the president said.

    “Last year, Russian exports of agricultural products amounted to almost $20bn (£13.25bn) – one-quarter more than the revenue from the sale of arms, or one-third the revenue coming from gas exports.”

    2015 has been a year of change in Russian agriculture, with the Russian government announcing a whole new approach to food production and labeling.

    In January, Mr Putin signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMs.

    The bill, which was submitted by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor), imposes fines for vague or unclear labeling on food products containing genetically modified ingredients.

    In June, Russian deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich announced Russia would not use GM technology to increase productivity in agriculture, while he was speaking at a session of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

    “Russia has chosen a different path. We will not use these technologies,” he said.

    As a result of this decision, Russian products will be “some of the cleanest in the world” in terms of technology use, Mr Dvorkovich continued. A bill for a full ban on the cultivation of GM crops is currently going through the Duma.

    Russian agriculture minister of Nikolai Fyodorov also believes Russia must remain a GM-free country. At a meeting of deputies representing rural areas organised by United Russia, he said the government will not “poison their citizens”.

    In August, Russia extended its list of countries subject to a food import ban in retaliation for western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

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    • Men Scryfa says:

      That is a very interesting find. Moving to Autarky (hopefully I spelt that right) can be no easy task for Russia. No more imports to Moscow of European cheese then.

    • Nicky says:

      I hope Russia opens up an Organic GM free Supernarket chain here in England.
      I’ve a contact whom works for an branch of the enviroment agency that has spent going on for the last 4 to 5 years trying to find a filtration system that can remove Glyphosate and similar compounds from our tap water. No success as yet.

      • Men Scryfa says:

        Clean water resources will be the investment of choice in the years ahead

  2. Lynn says:

    Haha Russia humiliates Obama…Whitehouse reeling in shame and shock.

    See B4 it’s news.

  3. bangonit says:

    Lovely to see some good news coming from Russia and other countries i hope will follow suit.
    Goodbye Mon satan.
    Love peace harmonies.

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