Agrolink Director: Bulgaria Agriculture Media Supports GM Crops
Svetla Nikolova, the Director of AGROLINK, has stated that none of Bulgaria's specialized agriculture media want to publish any critical publications on GMOs.
In an exclusive interview for Novinite.com, Nikolova also informed that "the Head of Council to Bulgaria's Agricultural Minister is Professor Atanasov, a previous Director of AgroBioinstitute, who deal with genetic engineering and contracting with Monsanto." Monsanto are one of the main producers of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in the world.
Nikolova however was positive regarding the ongoing campaign against GMOs in Bulgaria stating that she hopes "by the end of 2009 Bulgaria will ban MON810". MON 810 maize, produced by biotech giant Monsanto, is currently the only GM crop grown on a large scale in Europe. She went on to say; "additionally to the current ban of several GM crops like tobacco, oil yielding rose, grapevines, wheat, all vegetables and fruits the situation in Bulgaria will be almost GMO free."
Niklova added that "the number of countries that have rejected GM crops is growing. The news from today is that Latvia has banned GMO production."
In conclusion Nikolova informed that "no commercially available GM plant developed to date has increased yields or enhanced nutritional qualities, and none is drought-resistant or salt tolerant. Currently commercialised GM crops bear only two traits: herbicide-resistant or pesticide-producing."
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