Genetically modified crops banned in Loreto, Peru


Calabash tree (Photo: Gail Gillis)

Officials in the province of Loreto, in northern Peru, have declared that the region will be free of genetically modified crops.

The ordinance, published in El Peruano, cites the importance of preserving biodiversity in the region as its aim, and seeks to protect the crops’ point of origin as well as maintaining traditional farming techniques in place.

The ordinance also aims to create awareness about potential consequences that may arise from consuming genetically modified foods.

Endangered species, such as the Aniba Rosaeodora, also known as the Rosewood Tree, will receive special care through the creation of sustainable greenhouses and crops.

The ordinance came through only days after the Executive office turned down a law passed by Congress, which would have banned imports and production of genetically modified crops for 10 years.

A recent survey carried out by IPSOS Apoyo found that 79% of Lima residents, who knew about the issue, were against the import of genetically modified seeds.