Sorry, Monsanto: GMO crops now banned in 38 countries, grown in only 28.
As Monsanto fights to gain control of world-wide agriculture, they’re finding opposition in many countries, as GMO crops are no banned in ten more countries than they’re allowed to be grown in!
In 38 countries, GM crops are banned on the government level, with the backing of the country’s scientists, doctors, and environmental agencies.
The list of countries with some sort of ban on GM crops is as follows:
Azerbaijan, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Wales.
In the Americas 4 countries have bans in place:
Belize, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
There are also 4 countries in Asia who have banned GM crops:
Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
And two countries in Africa who have done the same:
Algeria and Madagascar.
Links to detailed reports on each country are available on Sustainable Pulse.
Currently there are 28 countries that grow GM crops:
The USA is the biggest grower with 73.1 million hectares of maize, soybean, cotton, canola, sugarbeet, alfalfa, papaya, squash.
The second biggest is Brazil with 42.2 million hectares of soybean, maize, and cotton. They are followed by Argentina with 24.3 million hectares of the same crops, Canada with 11.6 million hectares or canola, maize, soybean, sugarbeet, and India with 11.6 million hectares of cotton.
One hectare is a metric unit of square measure and is about 2.47 acres.
Countries that grow GMO foods by year and amount of hectares. Source
Other countries growing GM crops include Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Chile, China (where numbers are relatively small and a showdown is brewing over the issue), Columbia, Costa Rica (which has made recent efforts to become GM free), Cuba (which has mostly resisted U.S. pressure to forge deals for using more GM seeds, however) Czech Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, and Uruguay.
Of course, it’s well worth noting that there are now more countries banning the cultivation of GMOs than actually growing them.
And just to add insult to injury, they were also banned in Scotland, the home country of Monsanto’s founder Hugh Grant. It doesn’t sound a whole lot like this technology is “feeding the world” now, does it?