November 5, 2011 (6 years, 10 months ago)

Peru Says No to GMOs for Ten Years

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Peruvian President Ollanta Humala

According to the bill, which was passed on Friday, the import of GMOs, including seeds, livestock, and fish, will be barred for ten years, whether for cultivation or to be raised locally, AFP reported.

However, the legislature’s official news service said that the use of GMO products for research purposes in a closed environment will be allowed but closely monitored.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, who has repeatedly said he opposes GM programs since he took office in July, is expected to sign the bill into law.

The country’s leading group representing farmers and ranchers, the National Agrarian Convention, said that by this measure Peru “defends its biodiversity, its agriculture, its gastronomy and its health.”

Jaime Delgado, the head of Peru’s Consumer Agency, said, “The moratorium is long enough to learn from scientific studies that will emerge on the effects of GMO products.”

There was a strong disagreement over the import of GM products in the ministries of agriculture and the environment of the previous administration.

The Peruvian Congress had approved a similar 10-year moratorium last June, but outgoing president Alan Garcia did not ratify the bill.

According to the bill, which was passed on Friday, the import of GMOs, including seeds, livestock, and fish, will be barred for ten years, whether for cultivation or to be raised locally, AFP reported.

However, the legislature’s official news service said that the use of GMO products for research purposes in a closed environment will be allowed but closely monitored.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, who has repeatedly said he opposes GM programs since he took office in July, is expected o sign the bill into law.

The country’s leading group representing farmers and ranchers, the National Agrarian Convention, said that by this measure Peru “defends its biodiversity, its agriculture, its gastronomy and its health.”

Jaime Delgado, the head of Peru’s Consumer Agency, said, “The moratorium is long enough to learn from scientific studies that will emerge on the effects of GMO products.”

There was a strong disagreement over the import of GM products in the ministries of agriculture and the environment of the previous administration.

The Peruvian Congress had approved a similar 10-year moratorium last June, but outgoing president Alan Garcia did not ratify the bill.

According to the statistics compiled by the Agriculture Ministry, Peru is one of the world’s leading exporters of organic food, including coffee and cocoa, with $3 billion a year in revenues and 40,000 certified producers.

According to the statistics compiled by the Agriculture Ministry, Peru is one of the world’s leading exporters of organic food, including coffee and cocoa, with $3 billion a year in revenues and 40,000 certified producers.