Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

No pun intended. Via True Activist:

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. Planetsave reports:

Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added.

Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary. The checks will continue despite the fact that seek traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said. During the invesigation, controllers have found Pioneer Monsanto products among the seeds planted …

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  • Nunzio X

    Great, say I.

    Fuck all this Franken-”Food” shit, and the attempts of a goddamned chemical company to have control over what edible plants people grow.

  • Newworldwarrior

    Monsonto wont eat it.

    Genetically Modified Foods Not Served in Monsanto Cafeteria

    http://newworldwarriors.ning.com/
     

  • Mamagriff50

    BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • Anarchy Pony

    But science is our messiah! It will solve every problem ever conceivable! /sarcasm.

    • Jin The Ninja

      of course! technology and the market will save us from ourselves!

      • Anarchy Pony

        Well duh! Someone called an Economist told me so! He was on TV and everything.

        • Jin The Ninja

          oh wow! we should definitely heed the TV and those on it, they seem to know stuff we don’t.

  • Haystack

    All corn everywhere is genetically modified. People have been breeding plants and animals for thousands of years before Monsanto came along. We would not be able to sustain our population today if we had to rely upon prehistoric genotypes. 

    GMO crops are not without their issues, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that 1,000 acres of GMO crops could have fed a lot of desperate people. We should be exploring how to best make this technology work for humanity, not laying waste to perfectly good food crops. 

    • Anarchy Pony

      No they are not genetically modified, dipstick, the are selectively bred, which does not have the potential negative side effect of releasing dormant genes causing unintended side effects like severe allergic reactions. 
      This of course doesn’t even cover the ridiculous patenting of life forms through which a very few corporations are gaining near total monopoly of food production, the fact that accidental cross pollination with monsanto crops results in farmers being forced to either surrender their crops or destroy them, and the disastrous effects of monocultured crops and the overuse of fertilizers and pesticides needed to sustain them. Put down the futurist bullshit and read something fucking relevant.

      • Haystack

        I see by the tone of your comment that you are the product of selective inbreeding.

        • Anarchy Pony

          How very clever. You sure put me in my place. I guess that totally invalidates my argument and the issues I raised. 

          • Haystack

            Raise them without f-bombs and name calling next time and maybe I’ll assume that you’re someone worth talking to. 

          • Anarchy Pony

            Oh, can someone not handle a little adversity like some standard internet fare cursing?

          • Jin The Ninja

            lol- in my mind anyone who defends GMO-anything has already lost my interest, respect and attention. i think what you said was mild and quaint in that context- to put it lightly;)

          • sonicbphuct

             Fucking whore cunt dick shit asshole! Does that mean you’ll just avoid spewing stupid shit now that you’ve really been spoken to meanly? Can you assume, after this, that no one here is worth YOU talking to them?

    • Casper

       Are you confusing genetically modified with crossing different strains?  I think there’s a difference.

      • Haystack

        The difference is just one of pace, isn’t it? Cross breeding over time is sufficient to take you from a wolf to a French poodle, which is a pretty radical difference. Seedless oranges are the product of a mutation which was subsequently selected for my human hands, but which would have not otherwise been viable. 

        When you manually flip a switch in an organism’s genome you’re effectively obtaining the same result as you would have otherwise sought by hundreds of years of selective breeding, but in either case you’re modifying the genotype of a species toward your own ends. 

        I’m not suggesting that that doesn’t involve a measure of risk, but rather that it’s not fundamentally different from how been doing all along. The various food/domestic animal species we’ve interacted with are profoundly different from what they were before we started tinkering with them, and the outcome has overwhelmingly favored the growth of the human race. 

        So, I’m not opposed to GMO in principal. In my mind, the problem to be considered is less “how do we stop this” than “how can we use this in a way that is as safe and fair as possible?” 

        • Nunzio X

          “So, I’m not opposed to GMO in principal. In my mind, the problem to be
          considered is less “how do we stop this” than “how can we use this in a
          way that is as safe and fair as possible?”

          And, I would add, “doesn’t put corporate profit as the primary, overriding goal.”

          • Haystack

            Agreed, definitely. 

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          Monsanto’s genetic modification is not akin to a wolf turning to a poodle.

          A more apt analogy would be splicing wolves with jellyfish genes attributed to their stingers, so they not only rip you to shreds with fang and claw, but get paralyzed by simply touching their skin. Find me a way to selectively breed wolves this way naturally and i’ll concede to your argument.

          • Haystack

            Not quite. I mean, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between GMO corn and non-GMO corn by looking at it. It’s just that by splicing you’re going directly from A to D without spending 500 years to cross-breed something. 

            Not that that is without risks, but it is easy enough to do, and the prospective rewards are so great, that it seems inevitable to me that the technology will be implemented. It’s a bit like atomic power in the 20th century. It’s difficult to imagine a timeline where a global grassroots movement stopped atomic power from being developed back in the 1940′s, but it’s not so hard to picture a timeline where governments didn’t go apeshit stockpiling nuclear missiles. 

            That’s kind of how I feel about GMO. 

          • Misinformation

             You are WRONG in your understanding of breeding vs. Genetically Modified Organisms (and incidentally, Chaorder’s analogy is spot-on), please stop spreading misinformation. Rather than tell you myself because hey, who am I? This came from a really quick “start page” search:

            http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/257/1/GMO-vs-selective-breeding.html

            Please read it before muddying the waters further.

          • Haystack

            I get that you’re taking a gene from a separate species that the organism wouldn’t ordinarily exchange genetic material with, but mutations also produce variations that are outside of the normal range for the an organism and its close relatives and we select for these. That’s how you get to seedless oranges, for example. 

            But in any event I’m not contesting that there’s a difference in *degree* between cross breeding and genetic modification, and that there is an increased risk in quicker, more radical alterations in a genome. It just seems to be that we have the better chance of managing those risks and potentially reaping some benefits than we do of holding back the technology entirely. People can currently GM organisms from their living rooms using equipment they bought off of eBay, so I suspect that this is less a question of “if” than “how.”

          • Misinformation

             So, what are the benefits?

        • Monkey

           How about, ‘how do we curtail the obscene exertion of corporate power that the widespread introduction of this technology will certainly usher in?’ It’s potentially a throwback to the days of royal charters..if a farmer cannot collect seed in the developing world (or even here) then we’ve ceded control of agriculture to the big boys..

    • TruthersSoSmart

      No they are not genetically modified, the are selectively
      bred, which does not have the potential negative side effect of
      releasing dormant genes causing unintended side effects like severe
      allergic reactions. 
      This of course doesn’t even cover the ridiculous
      patenting of life forms through which a very few corporations are
      gaining near total monopoly of food production, the fact that accidental
      cross pollination with monsanto crops results in farmers being forced
      to either surrender their crops or destroy them, and the disastrous
      effects of monocultured crops and the overuse of fertilizers and
      pesticides needed to sustain them.

    • Marklar_Prime

      Only if you consider slow poison food.

  • DeepCough

    You must be real “Hungary” to destroy Monsanto corn.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Ba Dum Tish.

  • Phantom

    Corporation ploy to monopolize the food industry.  Zero accountability for pollen contamination of organic farms.  If their pollen fertilizes your fields, then you must pay the corporation or lose your farm.  This kind of extortion is permitted by most governments for corporations to operate above the law.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WASII6OPBCHRKD4S4GM24EOLCI J

    I Applaud.

  • Wakka Wakka

    I guess they weren’t that ‘hungary’ after all. zing

  • TruthersSoSmart

    How are they gonna eat?  Didn’t they hear the memo that we can’t feed ourselves or solve world hunger without GM Monsanto (TM) brand seeds?

  • http://twitter.com/anarcho anarcho

    Now we must take a clue from the destruction of this crop,  and dutifully destroy Monsanto.  Corporations are the extension of property privately held,  and this is true even if they are publicly traded.  As the corporations grow so do the monopolies of whatever interest. Since personhood has been bequeathed to corporations through “findings” (legally),  they have become nothing but collective of sociopaths. The state which is merely a franchise of the elite (and the USA IS a corporation) thinks it owns your collective bodies,  why shouldn’t a corporation own all of the food?  If you want to stop the process,  get rid of housing for the elite,  corporations –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmZ2Tcre-8Y

    This not even address the results of a genetic modified food biologically,  I think I would be preaching to the choir here.  

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inwnB714Nq4

    Of course, if you happen to get sick you can always take advantage of medical services -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVtDhd26420&feature=fvwrel

  • Marklar_Prime

    Bad move. This shit IS truly monstrous. If you want to really kill it you gotta burn it, not bury it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LenAldis Len Aldis

    Very pleased to read this good news, despite a few set-backs, the movement against Monsanto’s GM grows stronger by the day.  The concern felt by many is not only with Monsanto’s GM and the powerful positions it has within the US Government (Mark Taylor for example) but also the fact that Monsanto was also responsible, along with other companies of manufacturing Agent Orange used with devastating results on Vietnam causing many thousands of deaths and leaving a legacy that today show near to four million Vietnamese suffering from its effects.

    Can I ask readers to visit: http://www.aoag.org where they will read more on Monsanto by leading experts and the effects that Agent Orange has had on Vietnam.

  • Guest

    S.B. “found to have been grown”

  • UnionJackJamesBond

    Excellent I say. The less GMO food that exists, the less risk people have at possibly becoming mutated. I know the “science” has said that won’t happen, but can science look 1000 years into the future? Forget that, can science look 1 year into the future, or even 1 day? No, therefore I believe that GMO food will always pose a risk.

    Aside from that, what if big corps are the only ones making our food, and all our food is GM food, and then they decide “hey, let’s play the old game of supply and demand” and they kill off a could hundred thousand acres of food? Not a very pleasing thought is it?