Peru approves 10 year ban on GM crops and imports

Pleno del Congreso aprobó moratoria de diez años para el ingreso de transgénicos

June 9 UPDATE: Here’s an English article (followed by a machine-translated Spanish one.)

10-year moratorium approved on entrance of GMOs to Peru
By Elie Gardner
LivinginPeru.com

Congress has adopted a bill that declares a 10-year moratorium on the entrance of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for cultivation and breeding or any other type of transgenic products, reports Perú.21.

The project was supported by the president of the Agricultural Commission Aníbal Huerta, who warned against the danger he says that biotechnology could bring to the country’s biodiversity.

The famous Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio posted words of celebration on his Facebook account after the vote.

“By a very clear majority, the Congress, true to the Republic, just repealed the regulation that allowed the entry of GM seeds for cultivation in our soil. Thus, the Peru national brand, a country dedicated, versatile and with unique biodiversity is under way to reach its objectives to conquer and seduce the world with what we have. To Peruvanize to world, ” said Acurio in his post.

The bill received the backing of several members of Congress, includig Elizabeth León, Franklin Sánchez, Mauricio Mulder, Oswaldo Luízar, Jorge del Castillo, Oswaldo de la Cruz, Luis Wilson, Yonhy Lescano, Aldo Estrada, Hilda Guevara, Gloria Ramos and María Sumire. From different perspectives, the group agreed on defending the nation’s biodiversity, but they disagreed on the length of the moratrium.

Congressman Alejandro Rebaza, along with colleagues Sánchez and Estrada, proposed a technical committee for prevention and research in the next two years. The comittee will be responsible for issuing a report on their findings.

Congressmen Raúl Castro and Juan Carlos Eguren were againt the moratorium, stating that Peruvians already consume genetically modified crops and could not close the door on biotechnology because transgenic production, which seeks to meet food demand by producing high yields, is 70 percent cheaper than organic production.

Congressman José Saldaña asked biologists to debate the topic, while lawmaker Yaneth Cajahuanca suggested leaving the decision to the next administration.

Congressmen Luis Giampietri and Édgardo Núñez said they could not close the doors to science and preferred a five-year moratorium.

The proposal was approved by 56 votes in favor, zero against and two abstentions and acquitted of second ballot.

The adopted bill establishes a moratorium of 10 years. It gives the Ministry of the Environment authority of the topic, and creates a Technical Committee on Risk Assessment and Prevention of use of GMOs, which in two years must submit a report to Congress.

Read more about the GMO debate in Peru

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By Andina.com
(machine translation)

(ANDINA) The House of the Congress endorsed the opinion of the bill declaring a ten-year moratorium that prevents entry into the country of Living Modified Organisms (GMOs) for cultivation, breeding or any other type of GM products.

Was supported by the Agricultural Commission President Anibal Huerta (PAP), who said before the danger can mean the use of biotechnology to approve a moratorium on protecting our biodiversity.

Received the backing of the Congress Elizabeth León (BPCD), Franklin Sánchez (PAP), Mauricio Mulder (PAP), Oswaldo Luiz (BPCD), Jorge del Castillo (PAP), Oswaldo de la Cruz (GPF), Louis Wilson (PAP) , Yonhy Lescano (AP), Aldo Estrada (UPP), Hilda Guevara (PAP), Gloria Ramos (PBoC) and Maria Sumire (GPN).

From different standpoints, agreed in the defense of national biodiversity our greatest diversity of climate, but differed in the period of the moratorium.

Congressman Alejandro Rebaza (PAP), made some clarifications to the opinion and, like Estrada Sanchez and his colleagues proposed a technical committee for prevention and research over two years to issue a report.

Against the moratorium lawmakers expressed Raul Castro (UN) and Juan Carlos Eguren (UN), they considered that already consume genetically modified crops and could not close the door on biotechnology because transgenic production, which seeks to meet the need food is 70% cheaper than organic production.

The parliamentarian José Saldaña (AN) recalled that biologists have called the project file because there is debate about law, legislator while Yaneth Cajahuanca (GPN) suggested leaving the project to the next administration.

For its part, Congress Luis Giampietri (PAP) and Edgardo Núñez (PAP) said they could not close the doors to science and you can opt for a reasonable five-year moratorium.

Finally, the president of the Commission of Andean, Washington Zeballos (BPCD) reported on the amendments to the opinion and that the period of the moratorium should be ten years.

The proposal was approved by 56 votes in favor, zero against and two abstentions and acquitted of second ballot by 50 votes in favor, four against and three abstentions.

The adopted bill establishes a moratorium of ten years, it sets the competent authority of the Ministry of the Environment theme and create a Technical Committee on Risk Assessment and Prevention of use of LMOs, which two years must issue a report on the subject.

7 responses to “Peru approves 10 year ban on GM crops and imports

  1. I like the Andes, and I know enough Espanol to get by. Aw, I’m too old to move down there. Besides, the the usurper won’t allow us to escape from the kaliphate of fortress American.

  2. My name looks like an eastern European. Loescher = assassin in German, so don’t mess with me.
    awl

  3. Wow, Peru, good on you!

  4. Pingback: The Progressive Mind » Food Freedom | Decentralize, Grow Your Own, Buy Local.

  5. theprogressivemind

    One victory in the war. Hurray!

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