Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036010_Poland_Monsanto_GM_corn.html#ixzz1wRzuNgGo(NaturalNews) A significant health freedom victory has taken place in
the European nation of Poland, where all plantings of Monsanto's MON810,
a genetically-modified (GM) variety of maize (corn) that produces its
own built-in Bt insecticide in every kernel, have been officially
The decision comes after thousands of protesters recently
took to the streets in demonstration of the undeniable fact that both
MON810 and the chemicals applied to it are at least partially
responsible for causing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the worldwide
phenomenon in which entire swarms of honey bees disappear or turn up
"The decree is in the works. It introduces a complete ban
on the MON810 strain of maize in Poland," said Polish Agriculture
Minister Marek Sawicki, who also explained to the press that pollen from
MON810 appears to be responsible for further devastating the already
dwindling bee population throughout the country and elsewhere.
to reports, Poland's decision to ban MON810 makes it the first nation
to formally acknowledge that Monsanto's GM corn is definitively linked
to CCD. It also affirms the findings of several earlier studies that
have identified a link between Bt GM crops and bee deaths, including
independent research conducted by Pennsylvania beekeeper John McDonald.
research found that bees foraging near Bt crops did not gain the proper
amount of weight, and failed to produce honey in their honey supers
(honey storage bins) when they should have. Their non-Bt crop
counterparts, on the other hand, produced more than double the amount of
honey they needed to survive the winter (http://www.naturalnews.com/025287.html).
in early March, nine European countries -- Belgium, Great Britain,
Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, and Slovakia -- successfully blocked
an effort by the Danish EU presidency to allow expanded cultivation of
GM crops in Europe. And around that same time, France imposed its own
ban on MON810.
Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to forge ahead in
the unmitigated, and largely unregulated, cultivation and use of GM
crops. Despite countless grassroots efforts to put at least some
restraint on GM agriculture, including a number of state initiatives
that would require GMO labeling on food, Monsanto's products continue to
dominate much of the American agricultural landscape.
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