read / peru bans GM ingredients

Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for the next ten years.

the decision was made by Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress three years after the decree was written. this is despite pressure from the previous government for legalisation, the same government who had slipped in a decree that opened the door for GM seeds

the Parque de la Papa in Cusco, a coalition of 6000 farmers, representing six communities has largely been credited with the passing, they worry that the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) would compromise the weird looking crops native to Peru. they are, of course, speaking of the giant white corn, purple corn and the legendary species of Peruvian potatoes.

the legendary Peruvian potatoes

more on the story here and here.

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