Peru bans GMOs

(NaturalNews) The only other country in the Americas besides Ecuador to completely ban genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) from being cultivated within its borders, the South American nation of Peru has taken charge to help protect not only its own citizens but also the people of the countries to whom it exports food crops from the horrors of biotechnology. As reported by CSMonitor.com, Peru has successfully implemented a 10-year moratorium on GMOs while extensive, long-term safety tests are conducted.

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Accomplishing what practically no other country in North, Central, or South America has yet had the willingness or boldness to even attempt, Peru has essentially told the biotechnology industry to take its untested “Frankencrops” and shove them where the sun does not shine. Not only are GMOs dangerous for the environment and humans, agree many local experts and farmers, but they also threaten to decimate the rich biodiversity that has sustained the many civilizations of Peru for millennia.

“They’re a big monoculture, which is why people usually end up using GMOs,” says Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino about the detriments of factory farming, as quoted by CSMonitor.com. Schiaffino owns two restaurants in Lima that serve clean, native foods, including many unique varieties found only in the Amazon rainforest. “[W]hen you have monocultures, the crops end up getting diseases, and you have to look for these extreme ways to fix them.”

So to prevent the complete loss of a farming tradition that has long incorporated the diverse cultivation of a plethora of native and indigenous crops, Peruvians have decided to simply disallow the raping and pillaging of their rich soils with toxic GMOs. And in the process, this embargo will help perpetuate the native biodiversity practices that have sustained Peruvians since the days when the Incan Empire reigned supreme.

GMOs and life-sustaining biodiversity simply cannot coexist

Recognizing what the vast majority of our own domestic politicians and grossly-overpaid corporate talking heads refuse to acknowledge, GMOs, by their very nature, contradict actual nature. The ways in which GMOs are planted, cultivated, and harvested are all highly unsustainable and lead to major problems both for the environment and for humans. Americans are now seeing the consequences of GMO adoption in the form of chronic illness epidemics; widespread soil depletion; the emergence of resistant “superbugs” and “superweeds;” and chemical pollution.

“In the end, it’s not a law that’s ‘against’ anything,” says Antonietta Gutierrez, a biologist at National Agrarian University, about Peru’s GMO ban. “This is a law in favor of biosecurity. The idea is that there should be a responsible way of using technology so that it helps us develop resources – and at the same time, doesn’t destroy what we already have.”

At the present time, foods containing GMOs that were cultivated in other countries are still allowed to be sold in Peru. A law passed back in 2011 was intended to require the labeling of GMO-containing food products, however the terms and conditions for such requirements have yet to be set. A recent study conducted by the Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users found that among 13 standard food products tested, roughly 77 percent tested positive for GMOs.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2013/0425/Peru-says-no-to-GMO

http://www.peruviantimes.com

http://www.globalpost.com

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6 Responses to "Peru bans GMOs"

  1. DMW  May 10, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    If our economy didn’t put all its value into the short term, GMO’s would have been spat out by now. Dastardly things.

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  2. Shane  May 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Everyone that has jumped on this band-wagon seems to think that if something has been genetically modified it all-of-a-sudden starts to produce cyanide or botulism toxins. When you genetically modify food, all you are doing is enabling the product to produce new proteins that are not inherently in its genetic code. All a genetic code is, is a blueprint for proteins to be copied from. Those proteins cause a cascade of metabolic and physical effects. Such as, male pattern baldness is generally caused by a protein that becomes overproduced over time. Proteins are also the cause for things like peanut allergies. This does pose a problem in that there have been GM foods, like tomatoes, that have been modified with a certain peanut protein to help the fruit be more environmentally hardy. This can cause someone with a peanut allergy to have a similar reaction to tomatoes that have been modified in this way etc. The other harm from modifying the genetic code is the possibility of increased risk of a mis-copied protein which then would degenerate and unfold. A proteins function is a direct variable of its form. This is the cause of prion diseases such as “Mad Cow.” As far as I know there have been no reports of a rampant increase in deaths from a prion disease since GM foods have been in production.

    Sure, corporations such as Monsanto are a symbol of many of the things wrong in the world today, but if your only complaint is that they are producing food that is going to bring death to everyone that eats it because it is “toxic” I recommend you to learn from something like a textbook rather than just news mediums and YouTube.

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    • David  June 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      The problem is not that the organism was modified. The problem is that it’s modified so it can survive having extremely toxic pesticides and herbicides sprayed on it. Which end up in the fruits and the people and animals that eat the fruits, thereby causing harm. Not even mentioning that those poisons get washed off the fields and into the streams, rivers and oceans poisoning everyone and everything. I recommend you look at the whole picture before denouncing everyone else’s aversion to GMO’s

  3. joe  May 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    huge win for the boys

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  4. wiramu  June 25, 2013 at 4:06 am

    maybe shane works for monsanto?

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