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Peru scientists in GMO defamation clash

Peruvian scientists are demanding the right to free debate on the topic of genetically modified crops. They include the professional association, the national academy of scientists. It follows successful defamation proceedings against the vice-president of the Peruvian biologists association, Dr Ernesto Bustamente. He had called into question research findings from scientist Dr Antonieta Gutierrez that 30% of the maize planted in a Peruvian valley consisted of three GM herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant lines. Dr Bustamente had claimed the research lacked scientific peer review. He was subsequently found guilty of defamation, but has since gained the right to appeal. Pro-GMO group PeruBiotec is petitioning the authorities “to reverse the ill-considered and unfounded verdict”. It cites a Ministry of Agriculture inquiry, finding the GMO claims unsubstantiated.

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