|Rally in Moscow against GMOs in children's food (2/6/2006)|
About 10,000 activists signed the appeal to Healthcare Minister Mikhail Zurabov and Russian President Vladimir Putin to introduce state moratorium on GMOs in children foodstuffs.
...the Moscow government [has already] started preparing a draft order on banning of genetically modified products at school and kindergarten canteens.
Parents and Greenpeace activists demand to enter ban on usage of GMO into safety requirements for children foodstuffs
On June 1 Children's Day, Greenpeace Russia activists, including young parents with children, rallied near the Russian Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development in Moscow, demanding to ban usage of genetically modified organisms (GMO) for children foodstuffs' production. The protesters erected gigantic image of genetically modified carrot before the ministry's building, as a symbol of potentially dangerous substances, which children food may contain. By the action's end the carrot was destroyed thanks to joint efforts.
In connection with the action, Greenpeace Russia released its Genetic Program Head Nataliya Olefirenkos comment. "Necessity of the state ban is caused by the fact that the Healthcare Ministry has not still published outcomes of GMO safety tests; the fact may lead to conclusion that either the test were not fully conducted or their outcomes do not prove GMO safety for human, and especially children health," she stresses.
At present, the healthcare ministry is developing special safety requirements to foodstuffs of children of various ages: "Sanitary-epidemiological requirements to production and turnover of children foodstuffs and their nutrition value." According to Nataliya Olefirenko, including an article, which bans using GMO for children food's production, into the requirements might be first step in the way of establishing of legal system, aimed at protecting of future generations health.
About 10,000 activists signed appeal to Healthcare Minister Mikhail Zurabov and Russian President Vladimir Putin to introduce state moratorium on GMO in children foodstuffs. According to the Greenpeace, practically all biggest children foodstuffs producers consider usage of genetically modified components to be potentially dangerous. As it was informed earlier, the Moscow government started preparing a draft order on banning of genetically modified products at school and kindergarten canteens.
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