……Fascinating author Robert Sepehr sent me this:
All three books are well-written, on high-gloss paper, short, fascinating and NOT for scholars only or the highly educated. Anyone interested in alternative history will read them cover-to-cover as I did.
http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Sepehr/e/B00XTAB1YC/Â Great books for Christmas/Yule!
Anyway,Â Sepehr posted on my Facebook page:
In an address to the Russian parliament, president Vladimir Putin said Russia would become the world’s largest supplier of organic and â€œhealthy, ecologically clean, high-quality foodâ€.
Unfortunately, President Barack Obama broke the trust that the American people by appointing former Monsanto VP and head lobbyist Michael Taylor as Deputy Commissioner for the FDA â€” the board tasked with regulating Taylorâ€™s own industry.
This is the same man that was in charge of FDA policy when GMOs were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety.
Thanks to Obama, he is now America’s food safety czar. It’s like putting the fox in charge of the hen house.
Russian president Vladimir Putin says his country is bidding to become the worldâ€™s biggestÂ supplier of organic food.
In an address to the Russian parliament on Thursday (3 December), Mr Putin said Russia could become the largest supplier of â€œhealthy, ecologically clean, high-quality foodâ€.
He also called for a nationwide approach to become â€œcompletely self-sufficientâ€ in food by 2020, reported non-governmental news agency Interfax.
â€œNot only can we ourselves eat it, but also taking into account our land and water â€“ which is particularly important â€“ Russia could become the worldâ€™s largest supplier of healthy, environmentally friendly, high-quality food that has long been missing in some western producers,â€ said Mr Putin.
Ten years ago, Russia imported half of its food from abroad, Mr Putin told parliament. But the country has turned from an importer into an exporter of foods, the president said.
â€œLast year, Russian exports of agricultural products amounted to almost $20bn (Â£13.25bn) â€“ one-quarter more than the revenue from the sale of arms, or one-third the revenue coming from gas exports.â€
2015 has been a year of change in Russian agriculture, with the Russian government announcing a whole new approach to food production and labeling.
In January, MrÂ Putin signed theÂ Russian Federation Code of Administrative OffencesÂ into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation ofÂ mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMs.
The bill, which was submitted by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor), imposes fines for vague or unclear labeling on food products containing genetically modified ingredients.
In June,Â Russian deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich announced Russia would not use GM technology to increase productivity in agriculture, while he wasÂ speaking at a session of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
â€œRussia has chosen a different path. We will not use these technologies,â€ he said.
As a result of this decision, Russian products will be â€œsome of the cleanest in the worldâ€ in terms of technology use, Mr Dvorkovich continued.Â A bill for a full ban on the cultivation of GM crops is currently going through the Duma.
Russian agriculture minister of Nikolai Fyodorov also believes Russia must remain a GM-free country. At a meeting of deputies representing rural areas organised by United Russia, he said the government will not â€œpoison their citizensâ€.
In August, Russia extended its list of countries subject to a food import ban in retaliation for western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
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