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Italy Prepares to Ban Monsanto’s GM Corn

By Christina Sarich, previously published on Nation of Change

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 Europemaize 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.

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Ocean Robbins is co-author of Voices of The Food Revolution, and serves as adjunct professor for Chapman University and CEO and co-host (with best-selling author John Robbins) of the 150,000+ member Food Revolution Network. He is also co-founder of Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) and author of Choices For Our Future and of The Power of Partnership.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Italy's government is all screwed up BUT it takes steps to preserve a healthy food source… they care about the food they eat…I wish the USA would do the same… start shouting it so Monsanto can hear!
    Hey Monsanto get outta my food!

  2. God Bless Italy for fighting Monsanto. I pray our FDA and government wake up before it is too late. We at least need labeling so people have a CHOICE.

  3. I specifically buy foods imported to Canada from Italy that do not contain GMO's. I support Italy's actions and hope other countries join them.

  4. Since the U. S. Supreme Court lifted the caps on corporate donations to politicians, the decisions that favor greedy companies and ignore the safety, health and welfare of the average person have been blatantly bought.

  5. This is a wonderful step in the right direction. Italy is demonstrating once again that a new renissance of enlightenment is possible. Maybe one day this new age will actually reach the shores of North America and push back the dark age of greed which darkens the halls of power. Viva Italia!

  6. What we need to do is to get the Monsanto hirelings out of the FDA and USDA so we can clean up the subversive actions of our agriculture, followed by defeating members of Congress who support (or are support ed by) Monsanto.

  7. The US will enact labelling before our mamby-pamby Canadian Govt does the same. Ottawa is under the clutches of BigAg. and Health Canada.

  8. How dare Monsanto play Russian roulette with our health! A huge class action against them would make these people think again, but as they control massive amounts of money they probably feel that they can get away with it. Maybe the government could freeze their assets, isn't that what they do with criminals usually?
    They are as bad as war criminals in my opinion.

  9. In the U.S. I am allergic to Gluten…In Italy I can eat all the wheat I want. I love Italy for this and so many other reasons.

  10. Another reason to love this country, a land of art, of peace, and of science, and now, a country that joins so many others, with a growing respect for the anti-GMO position. Bravo Italy!

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