While people like Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and other big name politicians (including Obama appointees like Tom Vilsack) are working overtime to convince people they need GMOs, the consumer has already spoken: organic and sustainable is the wave of the future.
And now, joining similar companies like Monsanto, the chemical and GMO giant BASF has announced major cuts to its Biotech workforce, signaling yet another victory for the clean food movement.
According to this news release from the company, BASF will be closing test sites in Hawaii, India, and Puerto Rico, and is set to “refocus” its portfolio of new GM crop related projects; in other words making cuts due to a lack of market acceptance, and a lack of demand in countries where people are demanding and working for fresh, local and organic food.
In addition, the company is also planning to cut its Biotech workforce in half, pulling out of major new GMO projects according to the website GMWatch.org. It’s just another sign in a long line of moves that continues to signal widespread market rejection for GMOs, which were added to our food supply without our consent, aided in America by the pronounced lack of mandatory labeling laws seen in over 60 countries.
New GM projects Will Be Discontinued
“BASF appears to recognize that it has wasted huge amounts of money with no returns and that there likely would not be any such returns because GM does not work as it thought it would,” wrote GMWatch.org about the development.
While the Biotech industry and Monsanto would like people to believe that GMOs are needed to “feed the world,” the truth is that even the United Nations recently found that small scale organic farming that puts the means of production back in the hands of the people instead of corporations is what we need for that reality to come to fruition.
And as another UN report found, at least 33% of all food is wasted, and 28% of all food grown is thrown away.
Contrary to popular belief, GM technology is not widely accepted around the world — most of its production comes from just six countries where regulations are far more lax than in Europe for example and the public is not nearly as informed.
In the case of BASF, Europe was never an option — it fought 13 years for approval of its GM “Amflora” potato before finally giving up. The work of scientists and independent press mostly put the brakes on the GMO experiment, in stark contrast to how things played out in America where mandatory labeling is not the law of the land.
Now, after years of trying to expand its business and its GMO seed portfolio, BASF has seen the writing on the wall and is focusing its effort on crops that are more widespread like soy and corn.
It’s landmark news to be sure, and now the question is: Will Monsanto ever get the memo?
Editor’s Note: A Vote is expected on a bill that would BAN mandatory GMO labeling in the United States this week; click here to learn more and call your Senator; tell them you want MANDATORY labeling like they have in 60+ countries!