Just in case you need yet another reason to steer clear of GMOs: an association of Russian scientists has made a statement calling for a 10-year moratorium on GMO products in order to more thoroughly study their impact on human health.
Because there has yet to be enough studies conducted on GMO foods’ overall impact on humans, the scientists believe “it is necessary to ban GMO, to impose moratorium [on it] for 10 years. While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed,” said Irina Ermakova, vice president of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS), via RT.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has already signed an order into effect that will institute a “state system for registering genetically modified organisms intended for use and products created with or containing such organisms” as soon as July 2014.
Ermakova explains why NAGS would like for Russia to take it a step further and consider a full moratorium: “It has been proved that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMO is dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMO are not perfect, therefore, at this stage, all GMOs are dangerous.” Thus, she says, further study is needed.
We could learn a lot from this call here in the U.S. – while no early indication of such a moratorium is in place, many states across the country are beginning to rally for GMO food product labeling. As of right now, Oregon and Colorado are making strides to get GMO ballot initiatives ready for 2014. Let’s follow Russia’s lead and make positive steps in the battle against GMO foods, Green Monsters!