Peru has also joined the war against genetically modified organisms worldwide by passing a 10-year ban on genetically modified ingredients within the country. Peru’s government has approved the regulations on the importation, production and use of GMO foods in the country.
The law, which aims at preserving Peru’s biodiversity and local farmers, was approved by President Ollanta Humala last year and came into effect last week. In addition to this, it will also protect Peru’s rich variety of native plant species from crosspollination with genetically modified crops.
His predecessor, Alan Garcia, and his administration supported GMOs with the hope of boosting crop output for biofuels. The country is known for its largest variety of corn in the world, which has been cultivated locally for over 3,000 years.
You can find different colored corns like white, purple, black, yellow and mixed. Now, they still grow 55 varieties of corn around the country.
As per the regulations, if anyone violates the law, they will have to pay a maximum fine of 10,000 UIT tax units – that’s around 36.5 million soles. The goods can also be seized and destroyed too.
At present, 70% of the foods on supermarket shelves in Peru contain GMOs and let’s hope the ban will protect Peru’s crops.