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Peru Declares Moratorium on GM Seeds

June 17, 2011

During a plenary session of the Peruvian Congress, members approved a ten year moratorium on the planting or breeding of GM crops for the next ten years. According to the members of the congress, the moratorium was necessary to protect their national biodiversity amidst climatic diversity.

Though it was a landslide approval, the opinions of the members were varied. Congressmen Luis Giampietri and Édgard Núñez said, "It is not possible to close the doors to science and it is possible to decide on a prudential moratorium of five years." Still, a ten-year moratorium was passed which will be under the responsibility of the Ministry of the Environment and another new body that will be created to monitor the implementation of the moratorium.

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