The majority of EU Nations have asked to opt out from allowing Monsanto to cultivate their genetically modified crops.
Under an EU law passed in March, individual countries can seek out of the 28 nation plan to allow GMO crop cultivation.
On Oct. 3, 2015 EU Commission spokesman Enrico Brivio on Sunday confirmed in an emailed statement that they received 19 opt-out requests following a deadline on regarding Monsanto's GM maize MON 810, Reuters/Yahoo News reported.
Only eight countries have approved usage.
On a recent C2C guest Jeffrey Smith spoke out about the dangers in the U.S. if Bill HR 1159, the so-called "Dark Act", which if passed would allow Big Food the power not to label whether their products contained GMOs or not. Smith cited possible health problems from consumption of GMO foods. He also warned that GMO bacterial resistant strain may give rise to super-resistant viruses which might cause an untreatable pandemic.
Monsanto said it would accede to Latvia and Greece, the first nations' request to back out of the EU program, but called their response "unscientific."
Thus far, Austria, Belgium, Britain for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia have taken the EU escape clause option, saying no to GMO.