Peru’s Congress approves 10-year GMO ban

Genetically Modified maize / Courtesy Lexpress

, LIMA, Nov 5 – Peru’s Congress announced Friday it overwhelmingly approved a 10-year moratorium on imports of genetically modified organisms in order to safeguard the country’s biodiversity.

The measure bars GMOs — including seeds, livestock, and fish — from being imported for cultivation or to be raised locally.

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

The bill, approved late Thursday, now goes to President Ollanta Humala to be signed into law. Humala, who has been in power since late July, has repeatedly said he opposes GM programs.

According to 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.

Congress approved a similar 10-year moratorium in June, but outgoing president Alan Garcia, who was seen as being favorable to GM, did not ratify the ban.

There was friction over GM in the previous government’s ministries of agriculture and environment.

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

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.”

  • God help US.

    Smart country, smart people thankfully not everyone has gone to the dark side.

  • Thomas Sutton

    Bravo Peru. Let’s hope more countries follow their example. Down with Monsanto and thier ilk.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TBZEZ4WWNUBJU4QOUZ7KCDUZ4Q Bryan Jones

    Awesome! Think I will move to Peru just to escape the GMO madness!

    • http://foundups.com/ FOUNDUPS® Michael J Trout, CEO

      I live in GMO free Japan.

  • Amilcarximenes

    UM EXEMPLO PAA  A AMERICS LATINA. NÃO PEMITIR QUE TRANSNACIOANIS INTRODUZA ORGANISMO GENETICAMENTE MODIFICADO(OGM), QUE CAUSA ESTERELIZAÇÇÃO CRUZADA DOS CEREIAIS ORGANICOS, DEIXANDO OS PAIZES DEPENDENTES DAS TRASNACIONAIS QUE PRODUZEM A BIO-TECNOLOGIA. ALEM DO QUE O CONSUMO DE OGM, COMO A SOJA DA TRANSNACIONAL MONSANTO CIA NOS CONSUMIDORES, A NIVEL INTESTINAL , UMA FÁBICA DE PESTICIDA ASSOCIADO A ESTUDOS FEOITOS NA INGLATERRA QUE PROVOU  COMO RESULTADO A ATROFIA CEREBRAL EM RATOS , ALIMENTADOS COM A SOJA TRANSGÊNICA DA MONSANTO. O  LASTIMÁVEL NO BRASIL, QUE O LOBBY DAS TRANSNACIONAIS PRODUORAS DE TRANSGÊNICOS, IMPEDE A ROTULAÇÃO   OSTENSIVA DOS ALIMENTOS, PARA QUE OS CONSUMIDORES FAÇAM OPÇÃO DE NÃO CONSSUMI-LOS. 82% DOS PRODUTOS ALIMENTÍCIOS  INDUSTRIALIZADOS ,VENDIDOS EM SUPERMERCADOS, CONTEM SOJA.

    • peonygirl

      Finally, a country that initiates safeguards to protect the health of their country.  It would be great if this policy could be adopted by many more countries!

  • Cecilrussell

    a powerful statement indeed, a role- model to the world, way to go!

  • Jeremycloake

    show the rest of the world, lead the way Peru, awesome!! :)

  • theworld

    Here Here, Peru, I am an American and I wish that your politicians that had the balls to BAN this garbage could teach our politicians a lesson…you would have an entire country helping you!! Stay strong and set the big example that our congress men and women have sold us out for. THANKS PERU

    WE 99% LOVE YOU

  • Gino

    The INCAS are Back.
    Humanity is  safe ones againg.
    Good exemple Peruvians.

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  • http://twitter.com/whizkid7 Chuck Bluestein

    This is great news. Hopefully many more countries will follow,

  • Kumbia Beats

    Great..!!

  • Alex

    For those concerned… sadly, I just got results back from my GMO checker app and it says, Minneola Tangelos from Peru are indeed GMO!!! So upset cause I just bought about 5lbs before scanning the sticker: Scanned UPC :0107751132000118

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