The soya curse: Is Ukraine facing the same fate as the Amazon? | openDemocracy (Me: GM crop not the greatest danger – Mono-cropping any single cloned seed runs the risk of triggering new crop viruses and bacterium that could wipe out entire nation or region’s crop is the danger)

Volodymyr Onatskyi runs a small company selling manure and seeds to farmers in eastern Ukraine. He is increasingly worried about the pace with which big conglomerates are buying up fertile land in the country, depleting soils and polluting fresh water sources by their massive use of chemicals.

Villagers also believe the big farms are illegally planting genetically modified (GM) soya. “The big companies plant them anyway, and in the process contaminate the fields of conventional farmers. That’s what people around here suspect, at least. Because finding out what’s really going on is often very difficult in a country like Ukraine,” Onatskyi said.

Source: The soya curse: Is Ukraine facing the same fate as the Amazon? | openDemocracy