Italy to Ban Monsanto GMO Corn with 80% Public Support

Christina Sarich
Natural Society / News Analysis
Published: Sunday 21 July 2013
The agricultural ministry rightfully addressed one of many problems with Monsanto’s GMO crops.
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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 ministries stated:

“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 statement.

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.



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3 comments on "Italy to Ban Monsanto GMO Corn with 80% Public Support"

ragingdemo

July 21, 2013 1:56pm

Dear Italy.. My heart & soul is with you in your fight for a GMO free food society but please be warned Monsanto crime Inc will resort to any mean's necessary to push this dangerously unhealthy & Toxic product anyway it can.. Just take a look at the Pressure they brought to bare on the Ambassador to the EU when the EU placed a two year Moratorium on all GMO seed's allowed and with Monsanto handling all the Chemical's and Raytheon taking care of all logistics the chemical spraying lasted a very long time .. So please itlay be aware these crime syndicates do NOT take NO for an answer look how long it took for them to respond to the recent Indian court ruling in favor of the Farmers . This is the exact same company who swore DDT was safe and even pcb's ..These criminals are heartless and DO NOT CARE who they kill with their product

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rene'

July 21, 2013 10:14am

How come the Italian people are so much smarter than most Americans? When I read stories like this I get a large flair of hope somewhere inside. Just hope they can withstand the full force of the TPP when it rolls in to town. Monsanto must be hugely invested in seeing the TPP go through. We must stop it!

Jeffrey Hill

July 21, 2013 9:24am

Nutritionally-dead, toxic, Monsanto frankenfoods go away.