Russian President Putin Signs GMO Labeling Liability Law
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs.
Putin signed the new bill on the last day of 2014 TASS news agency reported.
The bill which was submitted by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) imposes fines for vague or unclear labeling on food products containing genetically modified ingredients.
According to the bill, individual entrepreneurs could be fined up to 50,000 rubles ($890), and the products will be confiscated. Business entities face a fine of up to 150,000 rubles (over $5,300).
President Putin said in 2014 that Russia must protect its citizens from overconsumption of products containing genetically modified organisms. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev followed this with a statement that Russia has no intention to import GMOs, however there are still large quantities of GMO foods being imported in to Russia.
Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov believes that Russia must remain a GMO-free country. At a meeting of deputies representing rural areas organized by United Russia, he said that the government will not “poison their citizens.”
In February, a group of senators from Russia’s Federation Council introduced a bill seeking to prohibit the distribution and import of products containing GMOs in Russia.
According to the explanatory note attached to the bill, only 18 lines of GMOs are officially allowed in Russia at the moment. This is a far lower number than in other countries, as the Russian farming industry has long maintained extensive restrictions on the use of technology related to GMOs. The senators say that because of its WTO membership, Russian markets could import numerous genetically modified products from other countries, thereby destabilizing the situation.
Food Supply Listed as Reason for EU to Dump U.S. and Join Russia
Monday, January 05, 2015 By Heather Callaghan
It appears that the EU is both vulnerable and sought after – economically and geopolitically.
Russia is making no bones about an open proposal to the EU. Essentially, dump the U.S. – don’t join the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but join the Eurasian Economic Union, which went into effect January 1st. It’s a call to join other members at the “cool table” – a promise of a better trading table.
Western sanctions led Russia to ban food imports from the West. Russia has consistently rejected GMOs and went even further to tighten GMO sanctions. Is it any wonder why they have a valid card to use sway with the EU? Meanwhile, the EU can ostensibly continue keeping its patrons happy with consumer freedom regarding GMOs (yet is has been heavily tempted to give that power right back to GE corporate interests). If the EU chooses America, then that means the import of GE foods. They are straddling some fences.
Russia has multiple ploys to “close the deal” with the E.U. One is to show them their bleak economic outlook. But another, no less, is to point to the bleak American food supply, even the non-GMO parts.
A free trade report in yesterday’s Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (reported by Zero Hedge) states:
Russia has presented a startling proposal to overcome the tensions with the EU: The EU should renounce the free trade agreement with the United States TTIP and enter into a partnership with the newly established Eurasian Economic Union instead. A free trade zone with the neighbors would make more sense than a deal with the US.
The Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said to the EU Observer :
Do you think it is really wise to put so much political energy into a free trade zone with the United States, while much more natural partner had at his side, in the immediate neighborhood? We do not treat our chickens in any case with chlorine. [emphasis added]
Furthermore, Germany’s Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, didn’t make an EU/American trade deal sound appealing when he said, “we can’t protect every sausage.” GMOs were a part of that conversation, too; and, lo and behold, during negotiations U.S. officials considered for the first time – GMO labeling! This shows that the U.S. government will not pay heed to its own consumers’ desire for transparency and safety, but will if there is geopolitical benefit.
Unfortunately, other countries have ample reasons to be leery of entering or staying in trade deals with the U.S. Aside from food contamination scares (both GMO and non-GMO), the U.S. has burned some countries with unreasonable demands that protect corporate interests while threatening that country’s residents. Guatemala discovered a hidden agenda that read like the Monsanto Protection Act. Brazil didn’t want to act as a personal fine enforcer and medium for both the U.S. and Monsanto. China has had to reject major shipments of unapproved genetically engineered corn.
When it comes to activism and trying to focus passionately on one issue at a time, sometimes there is a temporary knowledge gap. For instance, trying to grasp the entire geopolitical and global economic picture of this current development is beyond the scope of this article.
However, when it comes to swift moves across the geopolitical chessboard, a nation’s food supply has never been a separate issue. To fill in some gaps, it might help to read books by F. William Engdahl, because his book on GMOs and the food supply actually fits another puzzle piece with his other works on oil, money and geopolitics.
A tainted and toppling food supply isn’t helping the United States – or even tempting the rest of the world at this point.
THE GMO SCRAPBOOK AND RUSSIAN GEOPOLITICS: DID THE GMO ISSUE JUST BECOME GEOPOLITICAL?
January 11, 2015 by Joseph P. Farrell
For the past few years, as I’ve been covering the ongoing debates for and against on the GMO issue on this site, I’ve been urging a speculative hypothesis, namely, that the BRICSA nations would eventually make the GMO issue a geopolitical and ideological one between that bloc and the Anglo-American establishment-led west. In advancing that hypothesis, I’ve pointed to three nations in particular that have had their own internal and political debates on the subject: India, China, and Russia. India, as I’ve pointed out, has had an ambiguous track record, with various governments there both pushing the issue, to the detriment of Indian farmers, many of whom, you’ll recall, have sadly committed suicide after their inability to pay the steep licensing costs for GMOs, to an increasingly vocal opposition within that country against GMOS. China has a similar ambiguous track record, with the Chinese academic world pursuing such research, while simultaneously China has slapped the west and in particular American corporations with targeted sanctions against the imports of certain specific types of GMO to that country. Russia, on the other hand, has been the most consistent in its opposition to GMOs, and has enacted a number of laws and regulations against them, including a recent decision to implement a long-term government sponsored study of their intergenerational environmental effects.
The debate just heated up in a significant way, however, and the geopolitical backdrop here is the unfolding series of implications spinning out from the US-back neo-Fascist coup in the Ukraine, the Russian counter-move in the Crimean peninsula, and the American led economic sanctions against Russia. As I and many others have pointed out in that connection, the sanctions really do not contain any benefit for Europe, since that region is dependent on Russian energy and trade for much of its economic health. Economically, militarily, and geopolitically, Europe really has nothing to gain in the long term by alienating Russia, nor does Russia have anything to gain by alienating Europe.
Which brings us to today’s intriguing article, brought to my attention by Ms. M.W. once again, and this one is very revealing:
Food Supply Listed as Reason for EU to Dump U.S. and Join Russia
Notice first that Russia has made an offer to the European Union: don’t continue to integrate more completely with the U.S.A., but rather, integrate more fully with the BRICSA bloc in the form of the Eurasian Economic Union:
:Russia is making no bones about an open proposal to the EU. Essentially, dump the U.S. – don’t join the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but join the Eurasian Economic Union, which went into effect January 1st. It’s a call to join other members at the “cool table” – a promise of a better trading table.”
We should not be surprised at this Russian offer, which many in the West will doubtless interpret as a sign of Russian “weakness” under the assault of the Western sanctions. It would, however, be a mistake to do so in my opinion. To be sure, the Russian economy has been dramatically weakened by the sanctions and by what appears to be carefully engineered drops in oil prices. But this isn’t the only game being played in Russia’s offer. Russia, in my opinion, is simply pointing out the overall long-term trend to Europe, and that trend cannot be denied: as the Asian-Pacific rim nations continue to develop, while America’s economy is increasingly tied to “the empire” and the maintenance of a vast military machine, Europe’s balance of trade will – as it has in the past – increasingly tilt to the East. As I’ve also pointed out, the European great powers – Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Germany – have no real geopolitical, military, or economic interest in maintaining the cordon sanitaire in Eastern Europe between Russia and Western Europe. Only the NATO planners have any real interest in maintaining it, and the sole reason to maintain it is ultimately to encircle Russia and deprive it of geopolitical freedom of action. As I’ve pointed out in past articles, as a result of this, expect American bases over the mid-term to be shifted out of Western European bases eastward into the former Warsaw pact nations. Ultimately, I suspect, those nations will find the American presence just as onerous as the former Soviet one.
But I digress. Russia’s recent offer to Europe, as the article also points out, comes with an unusual appendix and codicile:
“A free trade report in yesterday’s Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (reported by Zero Hedge) states:
“‘Russia has presented a startling proposal to overcome the tensions with the EU: The EU should renounce the free trade agreement with the United States TTIP and enter into a partnership with the newly established Eurasian Economic Union instead. A free trade zone with the neighbors would make more sense than a deal with the US.’
“The Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said to the EU Observer:
“‘Do you think it is really wise to put so much political energy into a free trade zone with the United States, while much more natural partner had at his side, in the immediate neighborhood? We do not treat our chickens in any case with chlorine.’ [emphasis added]
“Furthermore, Germany’s Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, didn’t make an EU/American trade deal sound appealing when he said, “we can’t protect every sausage.” GMOs were a part of that conversation, too; and, lo and behold, during negotiations U.S. officials considered for the first time – GMO labeling! This shows that the U.S. government will not pay heed to its own consumers’ desire for transparency and safety, but will if there is geopolitical benefit.
“Unfortunately, other countries have ample reasons to be leery of entering or staying in trade deals with the U.S. Aside from food contamination scares (both GMO and non-GMO), the U.S. has burned some countries with unreasonable demands that protect corporate interests while threatening that country’s residents. Guatemala discovered a hidden agenda that read like the Monsanto Protection Act. Brazil didn’t want to act as a personal fine enforcer and medium for both the U.S. and Monsanto. China has had to reject major shipments of unapproved genetically engineered corn“
There you have it, in black and white: Russia’s ambassador to the European Union has made the general issue of the trustworthiness of the food supply coming from America an issue: “Consider carefully those McDonald’s chicken fingers”. Granted, he did not reference the GMO issue specifically, so I cannot justifiably say that this is confirmation of my hypothesis that GMOs will be made a geopolitical issue by the BRICSA block, but it does fall mere inches just short of that, and given the context – a context indicating that GMO labeling was acceptable to US negotiators to Europe, while it denies such labeling in the states (recall only the corporate lawsuits against certain counties in Hawaii!) – the GMO issue is now, like it or not, a geopolitical one.
Thus, 2015 is going to be an interesting year. My high octane speculation and prediction? I suspect, in the growing tensions between the out-of-control American-led West and the East, that this may be the year that will see the GMO issue become a hot geopolitical and propaganda potato. Russia should, and probably will, stick to its guns here. What will be interesting to see is if Russia message spreads and gains popular traction in Europe, and more importantly, in Brazil and Argentina. If we start hearing Presidents Rouseff and Fernandez de Kirchner echoing Russia’s GMO concerns, then we’ll know the game’s afoot.
GHANA SIGNS MON(STER)SANTO-FRIENDLY GMO LAW
…oh… and by the way, in case you missed that US troop deployment to Africa in the run-up to last year’s US (s)election Ebola-scare, Ghana, it seems, has “seen the GMO light at the end of the tunnel”, and just passed a law friendly to “agribusiness” (this courtesy of Mr. V.T. who drew my attention to this story):
New ‘Monsanto Law’ in Africa Would Force GMOs on Farmers
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Hopefully he will also ban Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which has recently been linked to autism, alzheimers, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and a host of other conditions related to an imbalance in bowel bacteria. The stuff kills the gut bacteria responsible for our immunity, weight balance and just about everything else.
I agree with you.
We have to keep the pressure on the killer corps and get their products off the shelves in our community stores; our boycotts will have to speak louder.
Monsanto Has Office In The Ukraine
Published on Jan 14, 2015
GMOs and geopolitics: the GMO issue may be a hidden issue in the Ukraine and a hidden driving factor behind Russia’s growing opposition to them.
I saw that. They’re almost as bad as the tobacco industry – getting third world countries addicted to smoking as the anti-smoking movement catches hold in the developed world.
Puppet state Ukraine; Military bases in Germany; Deflation (commodities price plunge) Market volatility; Sovereign Debt Defaults (Venezuela, Brazil, Italy, Greece, Spain, Ukraine, etc.) Expect mergers and acquisitions in the next round of wealth transfer and recession…
Military activity, Social unrest, and political instability – hefty load starting in 2015 and beyond?
Sounds good to me. Continuing the status quo is deadly.
Hopefully more order followers will wake up, otherwise the globalist’s imperialist reforms and tyranny will be enforced.
Chains of obedience.