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Date: 6 September 2015
Author: Natural News Staff
(NaturalNews) Operating under a recently passed law by the European Union that allows individual member countries to “opt out” of GMO cultivation, Scotland and Germany announced their decision to forbid the planting of Monsanto’s GM corn, also known as MON810. (Republished from GMO.news.)
Germany’s Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt reported the move in August, following a similar action taken by the Scottish Government which reported it made the decision in order to “protect Scotland’s clean, green status,” according to reports.
Carlo Leifert, Professor of Ecological Agriculture at Newcastle University, supports Scotland’s ban, saying that “there are likely to be significant commercial benefits from Scotland being clearly recognised as a GM-free region.”
Germany seems to agree, also basing their ban at least in part due to the environmental impacts caused by GM agriculture.
“Like Scotland, the German Government recognises the importance of protecting its food and drink sector and keeping its environment clean and green,” said Rob Gibson, a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP). Continue reading Scotland and Germany use “opt-out” clause to ban GMO agriculture
Source: Natural news
Date: 6 September 2015
Author: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The Pacific Rim of Russia could soon see a mass migration of young people if a government scheme to repopulate this largely uninhabited area is successful. In an effort to promote self-reliance and good land stewardship, the Russian government is planning to grant every Russian citizen who wants it one hectare of land for free as long as these landholders use their land for farming, self-sufficiency, and/or other legal uses.
Russia’s vast Far East territory is currently home to about six million people, but this number has been waning in recent years. The Russian government estimates that once the land grant program is initiated, 30 million more people could flock to the region, infusing new life into an area of Russia that would otherwise qualify as uninhabited Siberia.
“Free land grants [are] a powerful potential for developing our Eastern territories and an opportunity to radically — almost six fold — increase the far eastern population from 6.4 million to 36 million people,” stated Alexander Galushka, the minister of development for this region, to the Siberian Times about the program. Continue reading Russian officials propose bill to grant every citizen one hectare of farm and forest land to use for self-sufficiency