Chile ordered to publish GMO trial sites
Chile’s independent government watchdog, the transparency council, has found that the Ministry of Agriculture must publish the exact locations of trials of genetically modified crops. The Council was responding to a request from the NGO, the Chilean pesticide action network (RAP-AL), which it presented last year. It had sought the exact location, the identity of the landlord, and the responsible body authorised to test or export GM seed. RAP-AL claims to seek protection for organic crops from potential genetic contamination. The council has ordered that the Ministry issue details of trials within 15 days. The order was made on July 6th. RAP-AL says that the Ministry and Monsanto aimed to keep the location of several sites secret. The council was created by the Transparency and Public Access to Administrative Information Act of 2008, and came into force in April last year.