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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:07

The Russian government has decided to ban the use of genetically modified ingredients in any form throughout the food industry. During an international conference on biotechnology Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said: "With regard to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we decided not to use any GMO in the food industry." In principle, Russia has bypassed the problem of labeling of GMOs by banning the use of any genetically modified products, which otherwise would fall into the food base through packaged foods (and growing of GM crops). For opponents of GMOs is an important and exciting news. To understand the prospects for such a bold move, one can imagine what effect it would have in the United States. A total ban of GM crops and their inclusion in the processed foods will mean a complete transformation of the food industry. But, of course, Russia and the United States are far from similar in this regard; more than 90 percent grown in the United States such staple crops as corn and soybeans are genetically modified. America will have a lot of work before it is ready to accept the Russian revolution in products with GMOs. As reported by Reuters: "According to official statistics, the proportion of GMOs in the food industry in Russia has decreased from 12 per cent to 0.01 per cent over the past 10 years, and is currently registered in the country, only 57 food products containing GMOs. The law requires a mandatory state registration of products with GMOs that may have contact with the environment, will come into force in mid-2017 ". President Vladimir Putin intends to avoid genetically modified products in Russia, without violating the requirements of the World Trade Organization (WTO). According to the Natural Society, at a meeting with members of the Federation Council, he said: "We need to conduct their work in a way that does not contradict our obligations within the WTO. But even with this in mind, we have legal methods and tools to protect our own market and, above all, of all the citizens. "