GM Crops Grown In Costa Rica Since 1991

In the last 22 years 10,600 hectares of GM crops have been cultivated for biotech research purposes or for seed production.

Monday, February 25, 2013

In Costa Rica genetically modified crops have been planted since 1991, when the national company Los Gansos S. A. applied for permits to import and plant genetically modified soy.

Despite the heated controversy caused by the acquisition of a license by the company DPL seeds to plant 0.9 hectares of GM maize, the story of these crops is not a new issue in the country. An article in reports that "it began 22 years ago and since then 68 licenses have been granted, both for research and for the development of seeds."

From the moment of the first application to grow genetically modified crops, the organism of the National Biosafety Technical Commission was created, with the aim of evaluating technical and scientific risks.

"Once the Commission approves an event, the permit does not expire. That is to say, when a crop is finished, if the company wants to plant more areas and larger quantities of the same seed, they only have to ask the MAG. '(...) And no risk assessment is carried out, because it has been done already for that plant and that event ('). The Ministry would have to say if it was necessary to send it to the Commission", said Alex May president of the National Biosafety Committee.

Currently, work is being done in Costa Rica on seven trials with GM crops for cotton, soybeans, pineapples and bananas, which are being run by seven companies. Earlier tests have been done on soybeans, cotton, corn, pineapple, rice, banana, and tiquizque.

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