Target: Dr. Anthony Mothae Maruping, chairman of the World Trade Organization’s Council on General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
Goal: Do not force Russia to import GMO seed
After 18 years of multiple heated negotiations, Russia has recently joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) that negotiates trade agreements between countries. This membership, however, comes at a price – Russia is forced to import Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds. This decision has caused a national outrage in Russia and worldwide because it shows how much power the GMO industrialists have on the political and international trade scene. The World Trade Organization and its Council on General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which covers international trade in goods, should be condemned for forcing a country to risk the health of its nation. The agreement clause also states that these GMO products will not be labeled as GMO.
Fighting GMOs in crops and ready-made foods has been an ongoing battle in the U.S. and most European countries. While a lot of countries have, if not banned, then at least required GMO labeling, the WTO is making a setback in the process. Russia exports a lot of its crops and food to other countries in Europe and Asia. Forcing Russia to import GMO seeds without labeling them could lead to GMO crop distribution across world in other countries that do not welcome them.
It is important to note that there is still insufficient data on GMO impact on human health because of lacking research and the GMO seed’s fairly new introduction to the food chain. However, numerous studies have already shown GMOs’ effect on pigs that show abnormal uterus growth and signs of severe inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Continuous inflammation in the body has long been known to be a cause for cancer. New studies have also shown GMO effects on hamsters, who when fed with GMO feed, stop reproducing after the second generation.
While GMO studies on animals are not directly applicable to humans, they are a sure sign of the negative side effects of GMO foods, despite scientists assuring the public that GMOs are harmless. Sign this petition to urge the Council on General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade of the WTO to drop this requirement from its trade agreement with Russia.
Dear Dr. Anthony Mothae Maruping,
The World Trade Organization is putting millions of people’s health at risk by requiring Russia to import Genetically Modified Organism seeds without labeling their presence in the market. It is a highly irresponsible move on the organization’s part because the effects of GMO food on human health are still questionable. GMO studies on animals have already shown tremendous abnormalities ranging from abnormal uterus growth to severe intestinal inflammation in pigs, and even the stopping of reproduction in hamsters.
While these animal studies cannot be directly linked to human health, they are a sure sign that GMOs do affect the health of those who consume GMO foods. The WTO should not be forcing an entire country to endanger its health and I demand you drop this requirement from your trade agreement with Russia.
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