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Italy Prepares to Ban Monsanto’s GM Corn

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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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  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1250733705 Gabriel Sassone


  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000573647861 Marian Patience Harvey

    Yes…from devastated rural Indiana for all farmed animals and our land under siege..blessings from Hoosiers4-HealthAnimalAgriculture…OccupyCAFOs!

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  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000067581555 Cathy Jean

    Brava Italia!

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1228415462 Marilyn Brock Finnelli

    DO IT..

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001818361780 Wendell Harvey


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  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575049779 Ann Edelman

    Now the U.S. needs to do the same!

  • Don

    The only "moral compass" that big business (Monsanto, BOA, AIG etc) seem to have is $$$$$. Don and I CAN! :=))

  • Angela

    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.

  • https://www.facebook.com/gloria.clements.5 Gloria Clements

    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.

  • Marvin

    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!

  • Emily

    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.

  • Evelyn

    Viva Italia! We all thank you.

  • Dave

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

  • Cedar

    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.

  • Robin

    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.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1459715365 Gloria Davis

    At least something good Italy is doing. Kudos

  • https://www.facebook.com/mina.neal1 Mina Neal

    We should ban the corn that was modified in Canada.

  • john polifronio

    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!