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Hungary destroys all GMO maize fields

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Some 400 hectares of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said.
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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.
 
Authorities have been checking for GMO crops since the beginning of this year as a new regulation came in force this March which stipulates GMO checks before seeds are introduced to the market.
 
The checks will continue despite the fact that seed traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said.
 
Compensation unlikely
Controllers have found Pioneer and Monsanto products among the seeds planted. The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary but they will check where the goods can be found, Bognar said.
 
Regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to thousands of hectares in the country.
 
Local farmers complain that the use of GMO seeds has only been revealed now when it is too late to sow again and the entire year's harvest has been lost.
 
Another problem is that 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.

by Editor AllAboutFeed last update:6 Aug 2012

13 comments

  • # 1

    ela

    interesting
    after years of planting GMO maize now they banned, but good for them - other countries where was banned just allowed it
  • # 2

    Soloman

    Good for Hungary! I hope the rest of the world will open their eyes to the very, very bad thing that is "monsanto". India and Hungary, both have recently stood up to the monsanto corporation, and if we want any kind of decent future, the rest of the world must follow. monsanto must 'die'. .
  • # 3

    lynda

    I'm moving to Hungary.
  • # 4

    Mike S

    Great article, thanks! It's good to see people standing up for their rights and health.
  • # 5

    Val

    Good for them. Better to have a few crops dug up than to kill the earth with herbicides, which also contaminate everything that eats the crop. Not to mention consuming the carrier AIDS and hepatitis viruses used to modify the plants.
  • # 6

    Demetra Vagias

    If only the citizens of the US would say NO to GMO....Monsanto and other companies like them, would fold in a NY minute!!! People have been misled to believe you can mass-produce nutrient-dense foods for cheap....don't they realize it is costing them their lives:(
    www.buildinghealthfromwithin.com
  • # 7

    Ma

    Maybe we should ALL move to Hungary!

    And to think that there was a time in my younger, more naive years, I had a great deal of respect for Monsanto. NO MORE!
  • # 8

    William Glasgow

    Hungary is now heaven to me and all awake people. I see the deformed shriveled seeds in the pears, oranges and grapes that I eat - that I paid twice the price under the title of "organic", and I get sick to my whole spirit from it. We AARREE what we eat and I don't want to become IcorArupMted. I want to stay who IAM=IAM IAMNOT going to let my bloodstream absorb into its cellular membrane deformed genetic structures - everything penetrates our dna and rna and xna yet to be titled. At least there is Hungary - I would do anything for the leaders in that country who stood up to Satansanto and all the other satanic devil destroyers of life on Earth. I love you Hungary.
  • # 9

    Peter

    It was hard to stop laughing on the comments. Not because you are not right about GMO foods, but because life here in Hungary is getting more and more shit.
    Currently, more and more people are getting poorer, democracy is cutting down, freedom of press is bleeding, post-communist grasses are awakening again after 20 years, and our self-denial gipsy prime minister is building a real communist system that reminds to the '60s.
    So, come and live here... But, smile, say hail to the system, keep your mouth and be happy to be able to eat non-GMO food.

    :)
  • # 10

    JoAnn

    How can we supplement their crop loss with $$$? I'd give them some $$$ if they have green houses etc. that can negate the crops they lost this year! How about it? Where to send funds and back this country up and saying "No" to Monsanto!!!
  • # 11

    George-Gabriel

    Hungary, I am so proud of you! You are unique having had the courage to stand up against Monsanto, you had the courage to tell the World Bank to go to hell when they tried to screw you! Fly the red, white and green flag, lead the way for others to follow. Keep up the spirit of 1956 against the new oppressors from the West this time!
    B�szke vagyok r�tok!
  • # 12

    Jozsef G

    Don't get too excited. They are still growing far too much maize for Cargill's ethanol production. Also, not enough organic produce, which is a very small percentage of total production.
  • # 13

    sam wise gamgees

    My question is was this based on Hungary's knowledge of risk? I would say it must have been. Therefore this knowledge needs to be talked about and shared. I'm sure that won't go over to well in the US.

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