(May 26, 2014) Recently, an NGO (non-governmental organization) in Russia -- the National Association for Genetic Safety -- began working closely with the Russian Duma to enact a set of laws criminalizing the introduction of harmful genetically-modified crops (GM or GMO crops) as well as withholding information on harmful effects of such crops.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated he will sign such legislation, saying Russia can grow enough food for itself without genetic engineering it.
"If Americans like to eat such foods, they can eat them," Putin is reported to have said. But with GMO companies in the U.S. massively campaigning to hide GMO content -- do Americans really know what they are eating?
I believe Russia and, increasingly, countries elsewhere, are on the right track in this regard. And I base this belief on my first-hand observations from the inception of GMO crops -- and the original promises made and assurances given for this technology -- to the much different reality I see today.