Peru Says No to GMOs!

Peru, home to the 15th century Inca site, Machu Picchu, knows something about the value of preserving its heritage.

The South American country continued its tradition of preservation recently by approving a 10-year ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMO seeds, livestock, and fish can no longer enter the country, which relies on agriculture as one of its chief economic mainstays.

The move was made in part to protect the country’s thriving business of exporting organic coffee and cocoa and to preserve the diversity of its unique agricultural crops. It was feared that GMO seeds would cross-pollinate with the country’s special varieties, including its dozens of corn varieties and thousands of potato varieties.

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