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Peru GMO moratorium bill in limbo

Peru’s outgoing President has sent a bill that seeks to establish a ten-year moratorium on the import and use of genetically modified crops back to Parliament. He has left it unratified, claiming that it would breach the country’s WTO commitments. The Parliament approved the bill in June ( Agrow No 618, p 21). Opponents of the proposed legislation had collected sufficient MPs’ signatures to force a new debate on the bill. But prior to the scheduled discussion, several signatories withdrew and no debate re-run is expected. Government and Parliament were evidently at loggerheads as the former had approved a biosafety bill to regulate the import of GMOs, paving the way for the commercialisation of the technology ( Agrow No 616, p 21). The new Minister of Agriculture, Miguel Caillaux, says he supports the parliamentary bill to impose a moratorium, but “that is not for me, but Parliament to decide the issue”.

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