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Published on December 3rd, 2012 | by Don Lieber


Peru Bans GMO Food, Nationwide, For Ten Years

In another blow to multinational agribusiness companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru last week became the latest in a series of countries to ban GMO foods. Last week, a law took effect which bans the import, production, and use of  genetically modified foods anywhere in Peru for the next ten years.

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Peru isn’t the only country to ban GMO foods or place restrictions on their use. Earlier in 2012, Russia suspended imports of Monsanto’s GMO corn after a French study linked the corn to cancer; France also has a temporary ban on the corn. Ireland has banned the growing of GMO crops since 2009. Japan and Egypt ban the cultivation of GMO crops. In 2010, Switzerland extended a moratorium on genetically modified animals and plants, banning GMOs until 2013.

Meanwhile, the United States is going in the opposite direction.

As reported here previously, Americans now eat their own body weight, annually, in GMO foods – no doubt, to the pleasure of the large US agribusiness multinationals who have contributed about $300 million, since 2010 alone, to influence the US Congress to support the massive introduction of GMO foods into American society.

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About the Author

Don Lieber has written extensively on international human rights, war and disarmament, and climate justice. His writings have have been published by the United Nations, The Associated Press, The International Campaign to Ban Landmines, The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, DeSmog Blog, E-The Environmental Magazine, and others. He is a frequent contributor to PlanetSave. When not writing about climate change, he plays bass for the NYC-based band "Wifey".

  • Nicholas DeWaal

    GMO foods are safe, help save the environment, and help feed the poor. This organic nonsense is unproductive and dangerous. I’m sick of science deniers.

    • Zachary Shahan

      It has not been proven yet if they are safe or not. To claim so is not scientific at all. And until they are proven safe, we should use precaution. As world-leading geneticist Dr David Suzuki puts it :

      “Because we aren’t certain about the effects of GMOs, we must consider one of the guiding principles in science, the precautionary principle. Under this principle, if a policy or action could harm human health or the environment, we must not proceed until we know for sure what the impact will be. And it is up to those proposing the action or policy to prove that it is not harmful.”

    • Tecpedz94

      LMAOOO You’re such a joke!!! Either you’re job is to misinform people or you’re a brainwashed individual.

  • Yellowrose30

    Why is the United States the ONLY industrialised nation that does NOT require labeling of GMOs…Wake the xxx up people.
     It would be really nice if we could Ban them, however, we can not even seem to find out what products contain them.
    Ex-executives of Monsanto  head our FDA office…is this wrong..hell yes!
    WE have been sold, down the river.
    We have chemtrails effecting our air, land, water, and Health
    We have Harrp, and weather modification gone wrong…
    We have Earth changes, Extreme Droughts, and crop failures.
    We have dead sea salt dumped on farm land, and we have Agenda 21 for a land grab
    And, our dollar is gone.
    Can you see the Big Pictures yet?.
    Perhaps it is time to wake up.
    Make some noise and raise some hell.
    Just my thought.

  • Airwaving

    Chilling freaking reality.
    In any case, Planetsavers (“Man up”, people, that’s a label to be proud of !!) (otherwise you are the same league as folks who use the phrase “treehugger” as an insult.), here are some groups worthy of our affiliation-  Most of us don’t have $$,  so affiliate otherwise.
    Thanks again, Don.

  • Sherrie

    Peru, France, Russia, Ireland, Egypt, Japan. They did it, Why haven’t we ?? Oh, right, as you say here- ” Agribusiness”.  If Congress is bought, where do we turn. Loudly.  Effectively ???

    We already have some groups fighting on our behalf.  I guess we have to join with them, become them; If you don’t have money (most of us don’t), get in there any way you can:
    1) Center for Food Safety3) at least checking these out is more than you can do at this time, at least forward (plus the excellent article that prompted my note here), at least forward to friends, colleagues, family…I desperately hope there is a better future for THE CHILDREN… than is likely without heeding these wake-up calls.

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