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After food, now Russia burns Dutch flowers

Moscow | Reuters –– A week after angering many in Russia by burning illegally imported Western food, authorities have started feeding Dutch flowers to the flames. Officials say blooms from the Netherlands, which supplies much of Russia’s US$2.5 billion flower market, pose safety risks because they may be infected. Critics say the “flower war” marks

Russian ‘food crematoria’ spur outrage

Moscow | Reuters — Russian government plans for mass destruction of banned Western food imports have provoked outrage in a country where poverty rates are soaring and memories remain of famine during Soviet times. Even some Kremlin allies are expressing shock at the idea of “food crematoria” while one orthodox priest has denounced the campaign,

Poland To Campaign For GMO-Free European Union

Poland will propose to the European Union that it introduces a complete ban on cultivating, feeding or trading any genetically modified agricultural products, Farm Minister Marek Sawicki said Sept. 23. The biggest ex-communist EU member does not have a proper overall GMO legal regulatory framework after attempts failed to reach a political agreement in the