Costa Rica to weigh a moratorium on transgenics

Costa Rica

Opponents of genetically modified crops in Costa Rica claim they’re poised for a breakthrough following the introduction in the country’s Legislative Assembly of a bill to impose a moratorium on the cultivation of gene-altered plants. The bill, introduced on Dec. 16, was scheduled to be one of the last up for discussion in the Assembly’s final 2014 session. It is slated to be held over for a vote in the 2015 session, which starts Feb. 2. If the legislation is passed, Costa Rica will become the first country in Central America with a national moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill would prohibit all future transgenic plantings in Costa Rica “until there is certainty and scientific consensus on the risks involved.” It would... [Log in to read more]

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