Bolivian govt to hinder extension of GMO use
The Bolivian government will not accept the extension in the use of genetically modified crops to maize, soybeans or sugar cane, national media report. The Deputy Minister for Rural Development reportedly made the comment at a trade fair in the country this month. “Our constitution is very clear and indicates in some laws that the use of genetically modified products or seeds are not authorised and that is well understood by growers … the position of the executive is very clear, that we are not going to allow the situation to amplify,” he reportedly said. The government member cited 2012 legislation, noting an article stating: “actions should be developed to protect the genetic heritage of agricultural biodiversity, prohibiting the introduction, production, use, and release to the market of genetically modified seeds”. Three years ago, President Evo Morales indicated that the government was willing to amend legislation to allow the “rational use” of GM crops.