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Anti-GMO activists embrace Russia’s Putin

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently told a group of leaders from rural settlements that when it comes to food technology, he will be calling the shots. Sneering at the success of biotechnology in America, he declared his decision that farmers and consumers will not be able to import or grow the most technologically advanced crops.

“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that,” he said. “We have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.”

It’s not too surprising that authoritarian Russian leaders would slight American advances and force the use of outdated, labor intensive farming techniques, painting them as “opportunities.”

But what was really revealing was the reaction from American anti-GMO activists, who would like to see biotech banned in the U.S. Showing their kindred spirit with Russian autocrats, anti-GMO commenters chimed in with a photo asking Putin to “invade Monsanto.”

Read the full, original article: Anti-GMO activists ♥ Russian authoritarianism

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