Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant  Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to  have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy  state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many  European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM)  seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also  passed a 10  year ban on GM foods.

Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically  modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of  the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been  ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he  added.

Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary.  The checks will continue despite the fact that seek traders are obliged to make  sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said.

During the invesigation, controllers have found Pioneer Monsanto products  among the seeds planted.

The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not  investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the  goods can be found, Bognar said. Regional public radio reported that the two  biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and  GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the  country. Most of the local farmers have complained since they just  discovered they were using GMO seeds.

With season already under way, it is too late to sow new seeds, so this years  harvest has been lost.

And to make things even worse for the farmers, the company that distributed  the seeds in Baranya county is under liquidation. Therefore, if any compensation  is paid by the international seed producers, the money will be paid primarily to  that company’s creditors, rather than the farmers.

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