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.