No to GM Crops in Costa Rica

A bill is being promoted in the Legislative Assembly which would ban the cultivation of GM products and order the non-renewal of the permits which have already been granted.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The project which is seeking an indefinite moratorium on such crops is being driven by members of the Acción Ciudadana Party (PAC by its initials in Spanish) and Frente Amplio Party.

"The initiative for a national moratorium law on the release and cultivation of living modified organisms (GMOs) establishes that the permissions that are currently managed by the National Biosafety Committee must be archived, as explained by the José María Villalta from the Frente Amplia party. " reported

The first article of the draft states: "The moratorium will be suspended until there is certainty and scientific consensus on the various risks of the GMOs involved. The moratorium will take effect in all of the territory of Costa Rica" .

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GM Crops Grown In Costa Rica Since 1991

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Law Suit Stalls Cultivation of GM Seeds

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The Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica has accepted for consideration an appeal against the planting of transgenic corn for seed production and export.

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GM Crops Promoted in El Salvador

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Applications for permits to import genetically modified seeds have become stuck in government bureaucratic mazes in El Salvador, complain private industry.

The Agricultural Suppliers Association (APA) in El Salvador, is promoting the sowing of basic grains seeds that have been genetically modified in order to increase production, reports El

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