GM crops banned in Peru

PERU has banned GM production for 10 years.

In a bid to protect its local food producers, the country has approved a law establishing a moratorium on income and production of genetically modified organisms.

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala said the decision was made after hearing ‘the cries of agricultural organisations and civil society to take this important step in the defence of our biodiversity’.

Earlier this year, the administration of the outgoing Peruvian President slipped in a decree which opened the door for GM seeds. But the subsequent outcry forced not only the resignation of the Agriculture Minister, who had introduced the decree, but also a 10-year ban on GMOs.

However, that ban was not signed into law by the outgoing Administration, so in November the new Peruvian Congress overwhelmingly approved the ban once again.

  • The US Department of Agriculture has announced it will allow unlimited planting of a genetically modified variety of corn designed by Monsanto to be resistant to certain kinds of droughts.The company and the USDA have both admitted the crop will fare only modestly better than current conventional varieties under low- and moderate-level drought conditions. This means this corn will be useful only for a fraction of corn acres – just 15 per cent by USDA estimates.

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  • There is another issue: if the owners of the seeds refuse to sell to you, what will you do?

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  • Well if the farmers were growing crops, then crops will have seeds.... Unless they bought genetically altered seeds that grow plants that don't produce seeds so that they will have to buy seeds that should be naturally occurring in the first place

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  • Actually, they do still have seeds, but under US patent law, Monsanto can sue them if the farmer saves seeds for the next year. They must buy the seed every year, and if they give Monsanto trouble they can be blacklisted and not sold seed

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  • Bravo, Peru! Your farmers and government have demonstrated more concern for your health and ag. biodiversity than our government here in the U.S. has done.

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  • Excellent paper on why gm foods aren't that bad...
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BuiCjTc6QLvo_5H658UCsqoTCV3Rj3HGoZ05DR7N8IY/edit?pli=1

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  • Its not just about the food being bad, or having to buy new seed. The seeds many GM foods produce are sterile, so the farmer cannot replant without purchasing new seed EVERY year.
    Also, the nice guys Monsanto are, actually have brought lawsuits against farmers whose non-GM fields neighbor Monsanto fields. The pollen from GM fields can fertilize non-GM plants, and therefore technically are partially patented plants the next year!
    Look into what is happening in the Middle East with Monsanto. They are painting these countries into a corner with their GM crops.
    This isn't business, its corporate sponsored rape.

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  • i understand that all g.m. crops need the organophosphate roundup. research has shown that this compound can cause defomities in the unborn child

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  • Not all GM crops need glyphosate. The herbicide tolerant ones do. What would you rather? Extremely expensive canola oil? or even organochlorine herbicides? Its really very low on the danger list, when looking at alternative weed control methods. Letting alone pest control.
    People saying that GM foods are unhealthy are completely ignorant.

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  • When you genetically modify a plant you usually give it a resistance to pesticide, or make it express an insecticide to make insects stay away from it. When you injest something that naturally causes insect stomachs to explode, which is originally found in a plant never used for human consumption, it also causes damage to your stomach and intestines. Also the process of gentic modification of crops cause thousands of unintended mutations to the plant's DNA. These mutations effect the expression of different protiens. When we injest these plants it effects the way our genes function. One example is that it has been proven that certain GM plants cause an increase in cell division in human colons causing colon cancer.

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  • GM Crops exists and are patented for one and only one reason, to make profits for the biotech company (evil US company Monsanto).

    It is this greed to make money by hook or crook that is destroying earth/environment/human civilization in the end.

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