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In an effort to rid the country of Monsanto’s  GMO products, Hungary has stepped up the pace. This looks like its  going to be another slap in the face for Monsanto and other large scale agribusiness. A new regulation was  introduced this March which stipulates that seeds are supposed to be  checked for GMO before they are introduced to the market. Unfortunately,  some GMO seeds made it to the farmers without them knowing it.

Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically  modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary deputy state secretary of  the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has  been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the  maize, he added.

Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in  Hungary. The checks will continue despite the fact that seed traders  are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said.

During their investigation, controllers have found Pioneer and Monsanto products  among the seeds planted.

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, Bognar said. 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 thousands of hectares in the  country.

Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered  they were using GMO seeds. With season already under way, it is too late  to sow new seeds, so this years harvest has been lost.

And to make things even worse for the farmers, the company that distributed  the seeds in Baranya county is under liquidation. Therefore, if any compensation  is paid by the international seed producers, the money will be paid primarily to  that company’s creditors, rather than the farmers.

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