from naturalsociety.com: First India gives Monsanto a run for their ill-gotten money by refusing their patent applications, and now Italy, with the help of
three Italian ministries, will try to undo Monsanto. A decree has been signed
which will ban Monsanto’s MON810 maize, one of the two genetically
modified crops currently legally grown in Europe and sold commercially.
The decree is not yet binding as it has to be published in the official
gazette, but the public stands behind the three Italian ministers who
put forth the document with a resounding 80% against GMO and Monsanto, as evidenced in a public survey.
The agricultural ministry rightfully
addressed one of many problems with Monsanto’s GMO crops, stating that
they have a ‘negative impact on biodiversity.’ The ban was also signed
by the health and environment ministries. That makes three. The
“Our agriculture is based on biodiversity, on quality,
and those we must continue to aim for, without games that even from an
economic point of view would not make us competitive.”
The three ministries have also notified the European Commission and
other states in the EU about this important precedent-setting move to
oust Monsanto from the world food supply monopoly that the company is
currently trying to browbeat the world with. The ministries have also
requested a scientific basis for the final decision from the European
Food and Safety Authority – Europe’s version of the FDA, the country’s
food safety watch dog.
Individual governments in the EU are able to introduce safeguards and
recommendations if they feel the food supply is threatened, or there
are environmental risks, however, the Commission must verify them and
put them into action. Just last year French Prime Minister Jean-Marc
Ayraul announced that the nation would maintain a key ban on the only remaining GMO currently allowed in Europe - the MON810 maize specifically.
“The protection of Italian distinctiveness must be a
policy priority since it determines the existence of ‘Made in Italy’,
which is our engine, our future, our leverage to return to growth in the
food industry,” Coldiretti’s president, Sergio Marini, said in a
Only five members of the European Union grew Monsanto’s MON810 maize
last year, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of
Agri-biotech Applications. Hopefully with the Commission’s approval of
this new ban, Italy will kick Monsanto and all GMO crops out of the
country completely going forward.