Russian concern about the effects of GM products on health
17 December 2013 | Issue 5278
A state system for registering genetically modified organisms and products created with or containing such organisms, established by the Russian government in September this year, will come into force in July 2014.
The order, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, delegates monitoring the effects of GMOs and products containing or created using GMOs to various state agencies, depending on the specific uses of the products.
The Agriculture Ministry does not oppose GMO products, but has warned companies to “act very conservatively” rather than hurrying to employ them.
In 2004 an independent non-profit association of Russian scientists – the National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS) – was formed. These scientists and specialists are devoted to “solving the problems of protecting man as a biological form from the negative influence of environmental factors leading to irreversible changes to his gene pool,” according to the organization’s website.
NAGS is calling for a 10-year moratorium on the production of genetically modified organisms to give the country’s specialists time to study their effects on the human body. “The methods for generating GMOs are imperfect, so at this stage all GMOs are dangerous,” said Irina Yermakova, vice president of NAGS.
Sharing the concerns expressed on this site recently:
She told Interfax that the possible negative health impact of GMO products is related to the use of certain bacteria in their production, which can produce tumors in plants by directly transferring genetic material.
“It has been proven that in those regions and countries where there are many products containing GMO there has been a surge in oncological diseases and diabetes,” she said, adding that ten years would give scientists time to plan experiments and potentially develop new research methods.
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