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No to GMOs
Environment – Proving that it is possible to stand up to seemingly insurmountable money and pressure, Peru has recently placed ban on genetically modified foods that cannot be revised for ten years. It goes in the face of significant lobbying by multinational food corporations and is a bold move toward environment and public health.
The decision came after three years of congressional consideration, but the Pervuian Congress ultimately sided with its farmers, including the farming community, Parque de la Papa. The community’s argument rested largely on the threat that genetically modified foods held to native species unique to Peru, such as giant white corn.
The prominence of genetically modified foods cannot be overstated, too, for a test held by the Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users found that “at the time of the band’s implementation found that over three-fourths of Peruvian supermarkets contained GM contaminants.”
Considering the UN’s Food Specialist recently criticized agribusiness as damaging the world’s health, Peru’s decision is not just sensible, it’s downright sane. Continuing to allow modified crops that are made to produce controlled yields at long-term risk to the health of the plant species to dominate what it is we eat and pay for is only going to bite us in the ass in the end, so good for you, Peru.
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