Tasmania recently extended its ban on GMO crops indefinitely. This move will enable the Tasmanian island state of the Australian Commonwealth, located 150 miles off the southeast coast of mainland Australia, to maintain export leverage to European nations and others that won’t import GMO foods.
The Bass Strait separates Tasmania from the Australian mainland and the city of Melbourne and it is the 26th largest island in the world.
Obviously, GMO bans in Australia are allowed to be mandated by states. For a while, several states in Australia had bans on GMO crops. But now only Tasmania and South Australia are holding their ground against the biotech industry.
Bans needed more than labelling, please
In addition to South Australia and Tasmania, there are a few other regions or nations with complete GMO bans or suspensions of planting or even importing GMOs.
Japan, Uruguay, Kenya, Italy and Switzerland have invoked complete bans or suspensions of GMO planting and importing.
Several other European and Middle Eastern nations have at least partial bans on both importing GMO products and planting GMO crops.
Kenya’s firm stance has raised resistance among several other African nations except for South Africa, which has totally sold out to the biotech industry. Nigerian Catholic institutions and leaders have called for their government to expel the Bill Gates Foundation.
It’s been reported that the Seralini study was the final nail in Monsanto’s coffin for Kenya. Slowly, the real news or truth of Seralini’s paper being removed from the journal Food and Chemical Toxicity (FCT) in which it was first placed is getting out.
Russia has demonstrated resistance to GMOs, both with imports and crop planting. The latest is that they are considering a total ban. Key Russian officials are aware of GMO pitfalls and the economic comparisons of conventional, organic and GMO farming. So they haven’t been buying the GMO propaganda – so far.
Just like Tasmania, this should give Russia an economic food export edge on nearby eastern European and Mid-Eastern nations.
In the USA and the rest of North America, there are only a handful of isolated resistance pockets. Three farming counties in Northern California have completely banned GMO planting on their soils: Mendocino, Trinity and Marin counties.
GMO papaya continues in Hawaii, although the Hawaiian main island’s mayor, Billy Kenoi, put a stop to future GMO crops, and the island of Kauai has recently put restrictions on GMO crops and pesticides.
Canada’s canola crops are almost completely GMO. In the USA, nearly all the crops available for genetic engineering, especially corn and soy, are GMO. Some rice, potatoes, sugar beets and tomatoes are GMO, with wheat and apples waiting in the wings.
Meanwhile, parts of Mexico, the origin of corn in North America, have experienced some GMO corn contamination from corn exported cheaply by the USA to Mexico.