Clear GMO Labeling Rules Propagate Across the Eurasian Economic Union

_ Moscow, 14 January 2019.

The clearest labeling rules in the world for genetically-modified foods (GMOs) are now available throughout the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), but not in the U.S. or Canada.

While a proposed new set of U.S. rules covering labeling of genetically-modified foods are being sharply criticized for the way they hide the truth from consumers, the new rules in the EAEU are being cheered from around the globe.

The new rules, which went into effect at the end of December, cover all food and supplement products containing genetically modified organisms produced and/or sold throughout Russia, Krygyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, and other members of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The labels require formal identification of the products which contain GMOs with a marketing not less than 5 mm in size. It must also be applied in a way that makes it possible to read the label throughout the shelf life of the food and supplement products.

This follows a bill passed in June 2016 by Russia’s State Duma, which implemented a total ban on the cultivation and breeding of genetically-modified (GM) plants and animals in Russia, except for scientific research purposes.

As the new labeling laws went into effect last month, the Kyrgyzstan government also announced it intends to become only the second country in the world to feature 100% organic farming from border-to-border.

Genetically-modified crops have been implicated as the trigger point for everything from breast cancer to kidney, liver, and heart disease, both by themselves and in conjunction with pesticides and herbicides the GMOs were designed to withstand on croplands. The move to ban such crops in multiple countries throughout the EAEU, followed by tough and clear labeling requirements across the entire region, sets a strong positive new example which perhaps the European Union and maybe other countries might learn from.

While GMOs are bad enough on their own, it is the herbicides that many of them require that is causing the most widespread harm. Herbicides such as glyphosate do not break down in the environment as claimed and damage DNA in the soil and in anything that ingests it. Glyphosate has contaminated the entire planet and is in the bloodstream of almost every human, where it wreaks havoc on the human gut-bacteria. The human micro-biome is the foundation for the immune system and nutrition and when it is compromised it causes a cascade of ailments.


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