Russia is considering a ban on GMOs that would restrict GMO imports and prohibit all domestic production.
Though Russia does not currently restrict GMO products, the proposed bill would amend the “On Safety and Quality of Alimentary Products” law to include limits on the GMO properties of food.
Supporters of the law say that banning domestic production will protect Russia from foreign companies launching GMO operations within its borders.
Detractors argue that the bill puts Russian farmers and businesses at a disadvantage by denying them access to GMO technology.
At least 26 countries have total or partial bans on GMOs, including many European countries like France and Germany, Australia, China, India and Mexico.