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Belgorod Region Free from GMOs

02 September 2013

RUSSIA - The Belgorod region of Russia has been declared a GMO free region.

In August the NAGS (National Association for Genetic Security) conducted the first test of agricultural crops for the presence of GMOs i n the Belgorod region.

No GMO plants in Belgorod fields were found.

Belgorod region has become a pilot region, which kicked off with the first in the Russian independent project for "Agricultural GMO-monitoring" which looked at the fields for the presence of GMOs.

The project "Agricultural GMO-monitoring" is an annual cycle of audits aimed to find out whether GM crops have been grown in the Russian fields.

NAGS has been looking at corn, soybeans and canola.

“The project will provide accurate information about what the real situation is with the cultivation of GMOs in Russia, since up until now all the knowledge of GM crops has been based on assumptions rather than solid research,” said the director of NAGS Elena Sharojkin.

“The first test, conducted in one of the most important agricultural regions of the country, has shown excellent results: the fields are clean, no GMOs.

“These studies have become even more relevant in the context of the recent orders of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the need to assess the appropriateness of admission to the Russian market of GMOs.

“NAGS position on this issue is that in Russia it is necessary to prohibit the sowing of GMOs by law.

The study of crops in the Belgorod region was carried out with the support of Governor Yevgeny Savchenko and FGBU "Rosselhoztcentre."

The sample included four soybean varieties and 12 hybrids of maize by Monsanto, Syngenta, Euralis, Pioneer and Limagrain.

Grades were tested for resistance to glyphosate (RoundUp), and maize - also for resistance to pests (Bt).

The Agricultural GMO-monitoring project was made possible thanks a new test kits, produced in Russia, allowing quick and reliable detection of the presence of genetic engineering properties of plants in the field.

Research was conducted by the rapid diagnosis of the presence or absence of genetic engineering properties (GMOs) in plants, seeds and agricultural raw materials.

In Russia by law 19 GM lines are allowed in foodstuffs, but the cultivation of GMOs is not allowed.

Since joining the WTO, Russia is to simplify the procedure for registration of genetically modified food, seed and feed.

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