Russia is following in the footsteps of the Indian sub-continent and its scientists are urging the government to implement a 10 year moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Earlier this year Russia had amended its laws to force compulsory registration of all products containing genetically modified ingredients.
“It is necessary to ban GMO, to impose moratorium [on it] for 10 years. While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed,” vice president of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety, Irina Ermakova, told Interfax a news agency, who broke the story.
“It has been proved that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMO is dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMO are not perfect, therefore, at this stage, all GMOs are dangerous,” Ermakova said.
“Consumption and use of GMOs obtained in such way can lead to tumors, cancers and obesity among animals,” Ermakova said.
The scientists calling for a moratorium have reached a consenses that there are not enough efficient and sufficient studies documenting the GMO influence on human health. Instead medical professionals have seen an increase in cancer and diabetes in those regions where residents have consumed larger amounts of GMO-containing food.
“Biotechnologies certainly should be developed, but GMO should be stopped. [We] should stop it from spreading,” Ermakova added.