Peru Passes Monumental Ten Year Ban on Genetically Engineered Foods
*Peru has officially passed a law banning 
genetically modified ingredients anywhere within 
the country for the next ten years*

November 26, 2012 -- In a massive blow to 
multinational agribiz corporations such as 
Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially 
passed a law banning genetically modified 
ingredients anywhere within the country for a 
full decade before coming up for another review.

Peru's Plenary Session of the Congress made the 
decision 3 years after the decree was written 
despite previous governmental pushes for GM 
legalization due largely to the pressure from 
farmers that together form the Parque de la Papa 
in Cusco, a farming community of 6,000 people that represent six communities.

They worry the introduction of genetically 
modified organisms (GMOs) will compromise the 
native species of Peru, such as the giant white 
corn, purple corn and, of course, the famous 
species of Peruvian potatoes. Anibal Huerta, 
President of Peru’s Agrarian Commission, said the 
ban was needed to prevent the "danger that can 
arise from the use of biotechnology."

While the ban will curb the planting and 
importation of GMOs in the country, a test 
conducted by the Peruvian Association of 
Consumers and Users (ASPEC) at the time of the 
ban’s implementation found that 77 percent of 
supermarket products tested contained GM contaminants.

"Research by ASPEC confirms something that 
Peruvians knew all along: GM foods are on the 
shelves of our markets and wineries, and 
consumers buy them and take them into their homes 
to eat without knowing it. Nobody tells us, no 
one says anything, which involves a clear 
violation of our right to information," Cáceres 
told Gestión. GMOs are so prevalent in the 
Americas that it is virtually impossible to truly 
and completely block them, whether through 
pollination or being sneaked in as processed foods.

"There is an increasing consensus among consumers 
that they want safe, local, organic fresh food 
and that they want the environment and wildlife 
to be protected," wrote Walter Pengue from the 
University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, in a 
recent statement concerning GMOs in South America.

"South American countries must proceed with a 
broader evaluation of their original agricultural 
policies and practices using the precautionary principle."

Note: This decree was signed into effect on April 15th 2011

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