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Peru approves ten-year GMO moratorium

The Peruvian Parliament has approved the long discussed moratorium on the sale and use of genetically modified crops. It has declared a ten-year ban on imports and production in Peru of GMOs for the purposes of planting, breeding or other uses. The draft was supported by the president of Parliament’s agriculture commission “in order to protect biodiversity”. Others in Parliament advocated the import of crops for use “as GM products are already consumed in Peru and the doors to such technology should not be closed”. Parliament had already approved a bill, but opponents collected enough signatures to force a new debate ( Agrow No 622, p 22). Minister of the Environment Ricardo Giesecke Sara Lafosse has hailed the move “as important and necessary”. The Parliament also made the Ministry the competent authority with regards to “the protection and promotion” of the country’s biodiversity.

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