Taking a stand against seed giant Monsanto, Hungary recently destroyed 1000 acres of maize that was grown using GMO seeds.
According to Hungary Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development, Lajos Bognar, the GMO maize has been plowed under and its pollen has been prevented from spreading.
GMO seeds are banned in Hungary, but not throughout the rest of Europe. The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the goods can be found.
According to TrueActivist.com, regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the country. Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seeds.
With the season already under way, it’s too late to sow new seeds, so this year’s harvest will be lost. Likewise, the company that sold the farmers the bad seeds is being liquidated and so they are not likely to see any compensation money.