El Salvador adopts use of GMOs
The El Salvadoran Parliament has approved the use and import of genetically modified crops in the country, according to the national newspaper, Diario CoLatino. A coalition of conservative parties, Arena, the PDC and the PCN, pushed through a motion to derogate Article 30 of the “Ley de Semillas” legislation, which banned the use of, trade in and import of GM products. The protagonists consider the move to be an emergency measure for the country’s agriculture as food stocks run low. “We will get larger harvests as productivity rises, we’ll get state-of-the-art technology and would do farmers a disservice if we were to ban the use [of the technology],” PCN MP Orlando Arévalo reportedly says.