MOSCOW, Russia (PNN) - August 26, 2017 - Most of you know that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Russia saying “not yet” to GMOs and asserting their national focus on establishing themselves as the world’s largest exporter of organic food, as well as providing their people with healthy non-GMO food.
This wasn’t just a spur of the moment decision either. It came about following years of analyzing the downside to using GMO foods and their overall effects on consumers. Since there are no biotech industries that thrive there, Russia had no real dog in the fight, so to speak.
Part of Russia’s agricultural system includes small private rural gardens that provide produce to the country’s overall welfare. It is estimated that around 40% of all vegetable and fruit crops come from that sector alone.
As part of Russia’s drive to provide nothing but organic food for itself, as well as other nations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, it has been reported that the Kremlin has been awarding land free of charge to farmers or gardeners who pledge to produce only organic fruits and vegetables.