Russia and France have both announced bans on GMOs, becoming the latest nations to join a growing list of countries worldwide that have outlawed genetically modified foods.Russia has instituted a complete shutdown of GMOs: the growth, sale, and use of any genetically modified foods are now completely outlawed, while France has reconfirmed its pre-existing ban on genetically modified corn.
“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then,” said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, according to Russia Today. “We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.”
Currently, only one GMO crop is grown in Europe: Monsanto's maize MON810 in Spain and Portugal, according to Reuters. In France, the genetically modified corn is already banned. However, the nation has now followed Northern Ireland, Germany, Latvia, Greece, and Scotland to become the latest EU nation to “opt out” of growing or importing Monsanto’s GMO crops, which would ensure that the pre-existing ban would remain in place, according to Reuters.
Monsanto has maintained that their maize crops are completely safe for human consumption. The Daily Meal reached out to Monsanto for comment.