Russian Deputy PM Confirms ‘Clean Products’ Benefit of GMO Free Agriculture

Posted on Jun 21 2015 - 8:17pm by Sustainable Pulse

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has announced that Russia will not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to increase productivity in agriculture, while he was speaking on Friday at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.


“Russia has chosen a different path. We will not use these technologies”, he said.

As a result of this decision Russian products will be “one of the cleanest in the world” in terms of technology use, Dvorkovich continued.

“Of course, we must and will use the other latest technologies in agriculture,” said Dvorkovich. At the same time, he added, the land resources of the country allow Russia to achieve “good results”, using less fertilizer in comparison with some other countries.

President Putin said in 2014 that Russia must protect its citizens from over-consumption 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 (mainly GM soya) being imported in to Russia.

Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov also 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 2014, 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.

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  1. nkugwa June 22, 2015 at 15:07 - Reply

    would love to deal with Russia

  2. sharon June 26, 2015 at 23:27 - Reply

    Canada’s Harper CPC government has done much damage in their support of GMO’s and corporate desires.

    Canola is but one example of our damaged crop.

    Amazing that Russia is using the UN precautionary principle while ‘democratic’ Canada won’t even label our products properly with honest data.

    It’s a crying shame!

  3. james July 26, 2015 at 03:01 - Reply

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  4. Carl July 26, 2015 at 06:55 - Reply

    As Canada goes, so goes USA.

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