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Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.
by das monde on Mon Feb 13th, 2012 at 07:24:59 PM EST
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This seems to be an uncredited re-post of this article back from July, which was linked to on ET by Wife of Bath (and was itself mostly the literal translation of a Hungarian wire report).

That "bold stand" was not really a bold stand against Monsanto but late and rushed action hurting the farmers, as the article says:

Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seeds.

With season already under way, it is too late to sow new seeds, so this years harvest has been lost.

And to make things even worse for the farmers, the company that distributed the seeds in Baranya county is under liquidation. Therefore, if any compensation is paid by the international seed producers, the money will be paid primarily to that company's creditors, rather than the farmers.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Feb 14th, 2012 at 09:22:57 AM EST
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