Ukraine farmers demand fewer restrictions on GM crops


Farmers in the Ukraine are fighting back against government proposals to ban genetically modified organisms, Agrimoney reports. Despite heavy restrictions on GM crops implemented in 2007, the US Department of Agriculture bureau in the Ukraine estimates that 15% of corn and 30% of soybeans are genetically modified. Because GM crops are already being extensively used by farmers, policymakers are being forced to “consider permitting the greater use of GM crops, aimed at boosting…Ukraine’s emergence as an agricultural power.” However, strict regulations will be kept so that the Ukraine can continue exporting to important markets such as China and the European Union, who both heavily regulate GMOs.

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