by Cassandra Anderson
February 3, 2012
The UPI published a story ‘Monsanto to
Pull GM Operation from Britain’ was
removed from the UPI website.
We were able to locate
the UPI story on another website
dated February 3, 2012 (PDF
format), which says that Monsanto is leaving Britain due
to opposition against GMO crops and that it is selling off its
crop-breeding centers in France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
The UPI story may have been based on an article published by the
Daily Mail in 2003 that states only
the GMO wheat growing operations would be closing in the UK, France,
Germany and the Czech Republic, citing government research about
NaturalNews reported, the Daily
Mail was actually displaying the published date as February 2, 2012:
It appears that Monsanto scrubbed its
pursuit of GMO wheat in 2004.
However, due to lobbying, it appears
that the GMO wheat campaign is
thriving in the UK as GMO wheat
trials will begin this year. The GMO wheat to be field tested will
be engineered to resist aphids.
The European Union is having some success in ridding its farmland of
GMOs, to the detriment of the US. German GMO giant, BASF quit and is
giving up the European market. It is moving its business to the US
and Asia where regulations are far less stringent.
BASF battled for 13 years to get approval for its GMO Amflora
potato, but activists
destroyed the test fields located
According to Care2.com, the EU’s 1989
12-year moratorium against GMO crops
appears to still be in force for
the most part, despite plans to allow individual nations to decide
if they would allow GMOs to be planted.
Care2.com further reports that the only
GMO crop that has been approved recently in the EU is Monsanto’s Bt