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March 26, 2012

Some good news for a change…

Peru Passes Monumental Ten Year Ban on Genetically Engineered Foods

In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review. Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress made the decision 3 years after the decree was written despite previous governmental pushes for GM legalization due largely to the pressure from farmers that together form the Parque de la Papa in Cusco, a farming community of 6,000 people that represent six communities. They worry the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will compromise the native species of Peru, such as the giant white corn, purple corn and, of course, the famous species of Peruvian potatoes. Anibal Huerta, President of Peru’s Agrarian Commission, said the ban was needed to prevent the ”danger that can arise from the use of biotechnology.”

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. vallyettans permalink
    March 27, 2012 7:57 AM

    a worthwhile step indeed

  2. FriendlyFire permalink
    March 30, 2012 8:19 AM

    India should ban GM too. Bt Cotton has done enough damage already.

  3. Jeremy permalink
    March 30, 2012 6:30 PM

    This is a very clever step and I hope it will prevent the mentioned corporations from attacking other producers in this industry sector. According to the latest news Monsanto and other biotechnology giants are now making an attempt to brainwash our children’s minds into accepting their genetically modified foods using blatant lies and propaganda in the form of the “Biotechnology Basics Activity Book” for kids. It appalls me since everyone knows that the company’s only goal has always been to wage war on small farmers and their profits. They have engaged in large-scale lobbying efforts at the state level and even our “independent” judiciary system and its judges are not willing to protect the farmers. As a proponent of organic living in Toronto I am really afraid that Monsanto’s continuous fight against healthy competition will have a detrimental impact on this industry sector in the years to come.


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