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Putin wants to establish Russia as world organic capitol

| | December 8, 2015

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In an address to the Russian parliament on Thursday (3 December), Mr Putin said Russia could become the largest supplier of “healthy, ecologically clean, high-quality food”. . .

“Not only can we ourselves eat it, but also taking into account our land and water – which is particularly important – Russia could become the world’s largest supplier of healthy, environmentally friendly, high-quality food that has long been missing in some western producers,” said Mr Putin. . .

This past year has been a year of change in Russian agriculture, with the Russian government announcing a whole new approach to food production and labeling. . .

In June, Russian deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich announced Russia would not use GM technology to increase productivity in agriculture, while he was speaking at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

“Russia has chosen a different path. We will not use these technologies,” he said.

As a result of this decision, Russian products will be “some of the cleanest in the world” in terms of technology use, Mr Dvorkovich continued. A bill for a full ban on the cultivation of GM crops is currently going through the Duma.

Russian agriculture minister of Nikolai Fyodorov also believes Russia must remain a GM-free country. At a meeting of deputies representing rural areas organised by United Russia, he said the government will not “poison their citizens”.

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