Following the anti-Monsanto activism launched by nations like France and Hungary, Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810. The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations. In addition to being linked to a plethora health ailments, Sawicki says that the pollen originating from this GM strain may actually be devastating the already dwindling bee population.
“The decree is in the works. It introduces a complete ban on the MON810 strain of maize in Poland,” Sawicki stated to the press.
Similar opposition to Monsanto occurred on March 9th, when 7 European countries blocked a proposal by the Danish EU presidency which would permit the cultivation of genetically modified plants on the entire continent. It was France, who in February, lead the charge against GMOs by asking the European Commission to suspend authorization to Monsanto’s genetically modified corn. What’s more, the country settled a landmark case in favor of the people over Monsanto, finding the biotech giant guilty of chemical poisoning.
In a ruling given by a court in Lyon (southeast France), grain grower Paul Francois stated that Monsanto failed to provide proper warnings on the Lasso weedkiller product label which resulted in neurological problems such as memory loss and headaches. The court ordered an expert opinion to determine the sum of the damages, and to verify the link between Lasso and the reported illnesses. The result was a guilty charge, paving the way for further legal action on behalf of injured farmers.
Since 1996, the agricultural branch of the French social security system has gathered about 200 alerts per year regarding sickness related to pesticides. However only 47 cases were even recognized in the past 10 years.
Nations are continually taking a stand against Monsanto, with nations like Hungary destroying 1000 acres of GM maize and India slamming Monsanto with ‘biopiracy‘ charges.
29 thoughts on “Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Maize”
This is good news for Polish people, power to you and your farmers you don't need GMO, you had a lot better and healthier products before this was introduced. I wish USA would do that too, but too bad Monsanto has too many senators in it's pocket so it will never end.
It will end if you people end them…these beekeepers came from all around the country. They stood in solidarity for what they thing was important. 2 years ego Poland say NO to swine flu vaccine, 5 month ego to ACTA and now to Monsanto. In solidarity you can change a LOT and in no time…
America fluoridates. Now too stupid to know wrong from right.
Great news, and congratulations to the people of Poland for their opposing Monsanto andf its GMO. I live in London but enjoy very much Polish food, as Tom D says, you had better food before GMO. I am also against Monsanto for the crime it did on the people of Vietnam with its Agent Orange.
Readers can see what it did by going to: http://www.aoag.org
Good and smart move.When this is going on the USA wil be the only country suporting Monsanto.But be prepared that many countries wil sue the USA pro Monsanto politics and there owners. There is already so much harm done.Some day they wil come and ask questions and compancation. Monsanto is an criminal organisation and there crimes are against humanity.
It goes way beyond 'crimes against humanity', I havent come up with a term to cover it yet that doesnt sound corny ,,'crimes against all life and lifeforms' maybe?
Go Poland !!!
what's sad is…monsanto's not worried about all these little european countries banning them…they have the good ol' US GOV. to back them.
People all around the world are awakening to the truth and taking proactive action. I'm so glad to see Poland banning GMOs. Polish food is real, and is so tasty, and GMOs don't belong in Poland. In California we will have a ballot initiative in November that will require GMO foods to be labeled. It's a beginning…
There is a connection that we all had better be looking at with what GMO's are doing. It is said that the GMO are messing with the bees, only time will tell how our society will be reacting to this engineered way of farming. How GMO was ever allowed to be approved without major studies is one of the most concerning issues of our times.
The "How" was the fact that Monsanto employees were working the revolving door of the FDA and Monsanto. Working for both places.
Such practices were banned in the past and "conflict of Interest laws" were criminal. You went to jail if you worked for the FDA and loosened the requirements for safety on products for the company you "used" to work for.
Nice to see people/countries standing up for food saftey.
Wish we could say the same in the states.
In US big AG, big money has a stranglehold on agriculture-and the public is blissfully unaware, just the way big AG likes it.
I wonder how many people know how much of their food is grown in human feces.
That used to be the case in Mexico and that is why you could not eat the veggies when you traveled there. I don't know if it still is, but I do not buy any veggies from Mexico for that very reason.
So if these plants are banned, how is it that they are killing all the bees?
Wishful thinking I guess.
If you ban Bt crops then farmers can go back to the good old broad-spectrum insecticides sprayed indiscriminantly from planes, killing everything in their wake.
The safety record for Bt crops is phenomenal and their impact on the environment tremendous. Bt cotton alone stops millions of tons of insecticide from entering the environment.
Folks, don't believe websites and propaganda. Read the peer-reviewed literature. The EU will grow transgenics, and probably do it in the next few years. The Danish have it right…
Looks like you are not aware of the research.
GMO crops are not banned internationally, also the bee collapse is but one of the potential links. There have been a number of links to human health consequences.
Hey Kevin, good to see you earning your Monsanto pay check. Please provide a point of clarification, by "peer reviewed literature" you were referring to only those studies funded and approved by Monsanto, correct? Because I'm pretty sure that the real research has been fought by Monsanto and their lackeys time and again because it did not agree with what they wanted it to be. You sir are an idiot and can only spout such nonsense because you are in their employ. Why don't you do true research yourself, because these countries are not banning it arbitrarily just because http://www.greenhippyearthplanet.com said GMO's were "bad" (note* website not real, just using it for point making purposes, just made it up). They have all been banning it because their governments are not infested with self-serving parasites therefore they can actually objectively view ALL of the peer-evaluated research and make those decisions then. And if it was so magical and perfect then all of the world's hunger problems should have been solved by now (a claim made by Monsanto), we would not have super weeds and farmers would be spraying less fertilizer (claims by Monsanto), and so forth and so forth, right? With all these magical claims please tell me why things have not changed positively and crop yields using GMO's are, at the very best, equitable to traditional farming, or, alarmingly more consistently are WORSE than traditional farming?
Also, like to point out how in your own propaganda, you tried to scare us all (BOO! Bitches!) by making the ominous threat that "If you ban Bt crops then farmers can go back to the good old broad-spectrum insecticides sprayed indiscriminately* from planes, killing everything in their wake." and fail to mention that those insecticides and herbicides are ALSO created, packaged, sold, distributed, still being used even where Bt and other GMO crops are growing ARE MADE BY THESE SAME COMPANIES, i.e. Monsanto and others. Monsanto did not invent GMO crops for the "betterment of humanity", they made them so that only THEIR chemical death concoctions could be used "effectively" on proprietary crops. Monsanto started as a chemical company. These are the same bastards that said DDT wallpaper was great, safe and should be in every American child's home! You really trust and believe these people?
*Quote above is a direct quote from Kevin's post, I merely fixed his spelling error of indiscriminately as the Bt corn he eats has apparently began affecting his physiological make up thus producing stress responses in his body and affecting his over-all cognitive ability.
Kevin, very interesting. First, your question. about bees; Just because the products were first banned, does not mean the previous use before banning does not still impact the environment. I am a bit surprised you did not know that.
Next, you make some very interesting assertions about GMO in its favor… so could you seriously provide links? I would love to read further. Have a pesticide marker in your food, that does not harm you, but pesticides sprayed on the ground does, really needs a link since it does not make any sense at all.
Pesticides are pesticides and if they are in the seed itself and thus in the food in its celullar structure, then it has no choice but to affect your organs. So please, provide links as to your statements. Thanks
Dear Tom D., Monsanto may have senators in it's pockets for now, but the real power is in the hands of people and when that sleeping bear will wake up, then it will end…
and there is no amount of money in these world that will save them or the place they can hide…..
Yay! So proud to be from Poland!!!
Hopefully this will happen in Czech Rep. soon, too.
What amazes me is the fact that so many people are apparently against the evil Monsanto company, yet nothing is being done….In the US I mean. I personally think Monsanto has a committee seat in hell, lol. I'm wondering how long it will that 'the people' to ramrod this company back where it came from. GMO's are killing everything….and everyone….
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The past tense of "lead" is "led". France led the charge.
"In addition to being linked to a plethora health ailments"
Please provide a link to peer-reviewed scientific data showing such a link.
I do as well, but most of the time all of us just go about our enterprise oblivious to what is going on around us.