*Russia will delay the registration of GM varieties by at least three years, according to an announcement by the prime minister. This registration process was previously slated to be in place by July 2014, and is supposed to be a prerequisite for the legal import and/or cultivation of GM seed products and crops.
This postponement comes during a general publicity campaign wherein the Russian government is touting Russia’s ability to support itself and build a vibrant export sector based on non-GM and organic crops.
The numbers demonstrate that this is the case, and that Europe is being idiotic in even considering throwing away its agricultural advantages for the sake of bureaucratic coordination with the US.
But we can assume that along with China, Russia is really contemplating the building of its own GMO cartel to rival that of Western corporatism. GMOs, a shoddy and inferior set of products in themselves, are all about power. From a power politics point of view the sane thing for those who want to get out from under Western domination is to soberly contemplate the real prospects of GMOs, if necessary try to create one’s own set of GM products, and most of all soberly assess the prospects of non-GM agriculture, even as an export commodity, and of agroecology in particular from the point of view of food security. The evidence is that Russia and China are doing this, while the EC at least wants Europe to completely surrender its currently strong position.
Meanwhile abolitionists recognize that GMOs and industrial agriculture as such comprise no viable way forward for humanity, and we seek to fight and win the war of ideas on behalf of a complete transformation to agroecology and food sovereignty. Only this will maximize human freedom and prosperity.
*Vermont’s House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a state GMO labeling law (114-30), following a 26-2 Senate vote for passage. The bill now goes to the governor who has said he’ll sign it.
This is the first real bill being passed without a “trigger”. Bills passed in Maine and Connecticut require several other states to pass similar bills before their own go into effect. Vermont has the courage to be a leader here and pass a clean bill which goes into effect on its own starting in 2016.
In addition to requiring the labeling of any raw or processed GMO product (with the big exception of meat and dairy products from GM-fed animals), Vermont’s bill also outlaws any label which would call GMO products “natural”. This is a major scam among pseudo-health food marketers.
Vermont’s effort, along with pushes in dozens of other states, is the kind of exercise of democracy which is being targeted at the federal level, as the cartel’s Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has had its own preemption bill introduced in the central Congress. If passed this bill would empower the FDA to assault and quash state-level efforts of every sort, GMO labeling policies in particular.