Congress meets Tuesday to debate moratorium on entry of GM seeds to Peru

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Congress meets today to debate the moratorium on the entry of GM seeds to Peru. (Photo: Andina)

The House of the Congress will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. for discussion and approval of projects prioritized by law from the Board of Spokesmen, including the bill that poses a moratorium of 15 years on the entry of GM seeds into Peru.

Renowned Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio, an outspoken critic of the regulation that allowed GM products into the country, felt that allowing the seeds in would risk much of the country’s economic future.

He warned that this would endanger Peru’s biodiversity and says this is "our great differentiator with the rest of the world" and the decision would affect the image of agriculture, tourism and and the Peru national brand.

The parliamentary agenda starts at 9 a.m. with the meeting of the Special Commission in charge of selecting multi-party candidates to the Ombudsman. The meeting will be held in the Sala Jorge Basadre of the Legislative Palace.

At 9:30 a.m., the Budget Committee meets to discuss various issues, including budget execution of 2010 and the Institutional Opening Budget of 2011. The session will be held in Sala Miguel Grau.

At 10:30 a.m., the Land Commission will meet to discuss various opinions. At 12 p.m. the Parliamentary caucus of Puno will meet.

At 1 p.m., the Commission of Andean, Amazonian and AfroPeruvian communities receive the president of the Council of Ministers, Rosario Fernández Figueroa, in Conference Room 1.

And finally, at 5 p.m. the members of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations will meet in Sala Maria Elena Moyano.

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