Putin outlined his plan for making Russia the world’s ‘leading exporter’ of non-GMO foods Thursday in a new address to the Russian Parliament. As you may already know, Putin is not a fan of bioengineering or Monsanto.
The president of Russia lambasted food production within the United States, saying that producers of Western food no longer offer ecologically clean, healthy and high-quality food.
In his address he stated, “We are not only able to feed ourselves taking into account our lands, water resources – Russia is able to become the largest world supplier of healthy, ecologically clean and high-quality food which the Western producers have long lost, especially given the fact that demand for such products in the world market is steadily growing.”
Putin will most likely use his country’s love for sustainable and organic farming for a centerpiece in his economic strategy.
“Ten years ago, we imported almost half of the food from abroad, and were dependent on imports. Now Russia is among the exporters. Last year, Russian exports of agricultural products amounted to almost $20 billion – a quarter more than the revenue from the sale of arms, or one-third the revenue coming from gas exports,” Putin added.
Putin believes that Russia will be able to supply home-grown food to the domestic market by 2020.
This announcement arrives just a few months after the Kremlin’s decision to halt production of GMO foods, which was a victory for activists who wish to see Monsanto shut down.
Russia has set its sights on becoming a dominant force in the fight against GMO-containing foods as they intend to show the world that it is possible to produce large-scale-organic produce.