Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for the next ten years

In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review.

Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress made the decision 3 years after the decree was written despite previous governmental pushes for GM legalization due largely to the pressure from farmers that together form the Parque de la Papa in Cusco, a farming community of 6,000 people that represent six communities.

They worry the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will compromise the native species of Peru, such as the giant white corn, purple corn and, of course, the famous species of Peruvian potatoes. Anibal Huerta, President of Peru’s Agrarian Commission, said the ban was needed to prevent the ”danger that can arise from the use of biotechnology.”

While the ban will curb the planting and importation of GMOs in the country, a test conducted by the Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users (ASPEC) at the time of the ban’s implementation found that 77 percent of supermarket products tested contained GM contaminants.

”Research by ASPEC confirms something that Peruvians knew all along: GM foods are on the shelves of our markets and wineries, and consumers buy them and take them into their homes to eat without knowing it. Nobody tells us, no one says anything, which involves a clear violation of our right to information,” Cáceres told Gestión. GMOs are so prevalent in the Americas that it is virtually impossible to truly and completely block them, whether through pollination or being sneaked in as processed foods.

“There is an increasing consensus among consumers that they want safe, local, organic fresh food and that they want the environment and wildlife to be protected,” wrote Walter Pengue from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, in a recent statement concerning GMOs in South America. “South American countries must proceed with a broader evaluation of their original agricultural policies and practices using the precautionary principle.”

Note: This decree was signed into effect on April 15th 2011

Responses to "Peru Passes Monumental Ten Year Ban on Genetically Engineered Foods"

  1. Anonymous says:

    GOOD for them!!! Now we must ask ourselves what do THEY know that WE don't?

  2. Anonymous says:

    GM crops save lives and feed the hungry.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes, and indiscriminate use of antibiotics in farming increases yields... briefly... and with terrifying long-term collateral damage. I understand the feelings of those who passionately belief that GM will feed the world, but on a long term systems theoretical approach to the issues, possible solutions and risks it simply doesn't stack up. It isn't worth the risks we know about, never mind the ones we don't. I should say that I trained as a scientist and economist, and am coming at this from a robust and evidence-based perspective. Countries like Peru are leading the way in 'waking us up' from desperately reductionist narrow and commercially-driven approaches to agri-business that already cause untold damage.

  4. Anonymous says:

    GM crops only feed Mosanto and yes they're hungry!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am a scientist and I happen to know that GM crops save lives and feed the hungry. Without GM crops, millions of people would die world-wide - mostly in developing nations. The positive benefits of GM crops far outweigh their negative consequences. Opposition to GM crops is therefore immoral and unethical.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Stop manipulating the hungry for natural resources and allow them to restore their soil and they can go back to feeding themselves. Bio-diversity is paramount.

  7. Vanessa Emma Goldman says:

    GO PERU!!!! Beat Multinational Capitalism!!!!!!

  8. Nina says:

    While the arguement 'GM foods help feed the hungry' makes sense autonomously, the fact that corporations like Monsanto are running the whole scheme in order to make money and actually don't care whether it feeds the poor as long as it feeds their pockets first, makes the arguement defunct. Go watch a film called Bitter Seeds, about the mass suicides of farmers in India who's miracle seeds failed to live up to their promises and who became caught up in debt to Monsanto they couldn't see out of. If Monsanto and companies like it really cared about feeding the poor, they wouldn't engineer their seeds to not produce or be reliant on heavy chemicals. In fact they would be putting money into positive schemes that work with nature rather than playing God. Peru should be proud of itself, corporations don't care about people.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I'm a real scientist and know that GM crops are bad, very bad.

  10. Above all of this is the right of everyone to control the means of feeding themselves; how soon will it be before it is impossible to keep seed from your own crops. It's already hard with the prevalence of infertile F1 hybrids. Once the corporations control all of the seed. we'll have to rely on them to feed us.

    Are they keen to 'prevent millions from starving' or just to breed more customers?

    How long before Peru becomes a 'rogue state'?

  11. Anonymous says:

    When people use the letters "GM" do they mean "genetically modified" or General Mills? I want to be sure of what people are saying. I would like to avoid all genetically modified foods, if I can, for myself and my family.

  12. mike m says:

    Peruvians make much more money growing coca. Isn't that banned, as well? God forbid they should give the farmers an alternate cash crop.

  13. Anonymous says:

    It's easy to beat a leftist in an argument. They have no facts, only feelings.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Better than avoiding genetically modified crops is avoiding death by starvation. This sequence of facts, reason and logic is called "common sense".

  15. Anonymous says:

    Here is a little into wanna feed the world stop eating meat. U.S. could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat its pretty simple really....

  16. Anonymous says:

    Anytime you alter nature it comes back to bite you in the end. Leave food alone, the Creator knew what he was doing.

  17. Anonymous says:


  18. Anonymous says:

    The 7 billion livestock animals in the United States consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the entire American population.

  19. Anonymous says:

    What is so bad about GMO's? How does it differ from selective breeding / hybridizing except for the time frame? For example....I have a seed that is susceptible to a certain disease only if the membrane of the plant stalk is weak. I also have a genome map of said seed, and remove the gene that makes the membrane of the plant weak. The plant is now less likely to get the example disease. How is this bad?

  20. Anonymous says:

    I am GOD and I can tell you GMOs are VERY BAD FOR YOU!

  21. Anonymous says:

    GM crops COST lives and feed the GREEDY

  22. healthy says:

    It's about cross species gene manipulation. Plants that would never cross in nature or even worse plant-animal-bacteria genetic exchange.

  23. So in the (not so far) future we can go to Peru for the original varieties of diverse crops that we will have lost and will miss. I admire their resolve.

  24. Unknown says:

    Some proposed long term effects of GMOs are destruction of the flora in your GI tract and sterility. It has been proven that the chemicals involved in GMOs have killed off pollinators.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Way-to-go Peru!!! YEAH! <3 <3 <3

  26. Anonymous says:

    Can you say Colony Collapse? Without the Bees there will be no food and we can all thank Monsanto.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Genetically modified foods and General Mills are essentially the same thing. GM carries so many products that contain genetically modified ingredients. There's lots of information out there about large companies and products to avoid. Best to you and your family!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Peru has just guaranteed that they will corner the market on non GMO foods.

  29. Anonymous says:

    why are we wanting to feed millions of people. large percentage of people are not on a sustainable path, IE the people who are making GMOs and growing them. u say GMOs feed millions or are GMOs poisoning millions... stop making the society and sterile place or the true famers and revolutionaries will put a stop to it.. if u cant see already around the world...

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  31. People it's not about the GMO's themselves. It's about the GMO's that are Round-Up ready seeds. They can take the chemical treatment of Round-up, when weeds around die, they survive.....but have been doused with Monsanto Round-Up far from organic and quite toxic (slow death). Monsanto is also trying to get control of the seeds by creation of GMO Round-Up ready seeds and the list goes on.....Do your research people! The Peruvians have it right. I spent some time in Peru last year. They are all about organic healthy fruits and veggies! We are fighting hard on the Big Island of Hawaii to keep Monsanto OUT...

  32. laura says:

    How about we let them label GMO and let us decide what to eat! Lets start with that...

  33. Anonymous says:

    @ Scientist who says GMOs are bad: Every one of us IS a GMO. so were our parents and grandparents. that's what evolution is all about. @the scientist who claims many will die without GMO: is that really a bad thing in the long run? @goodselfme: are you old enough to remember the "population Bomb"? The planet was supposed to have been destroyed already.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I live in Peru and I am very happy, that I can be (almost) sure of still going to the vivid markets and be able to choose between 200 different patatoes... The sadest thing about GM food is, that it transmits the GM codification to other plants,- this aspect leads to the fact that we get less variety from year to year in plants and other food.

    Each of these has their own name * what about your patatoes - how many names do you know for "patatoe"?

  35. Anonymous says:

    GM corn is poisoning a generation of American kids

  36. Anonymous says:

    Respect for Peru!

  37. Anonymous says:

    GMO foods do not kill. They may contaminate other plants, which isn't a good thing, but they don't cause allergic reactions and they don't make other foods in edible. Many benefits can come from foods such as rice that are enriched with vitamins and from others that have been modified to grow stronger. I believe the location of the planting is important as to any risk involved with GMO plants.

  38. Todd says:

    I'll stick with food grown from seeds that don't need help from the likes of Monsanto. Go Peru!

  39. Concerned Canadian says:

    The argument that GM foods saves lives and feeds countries is bogus. And anyone that goes by "Anonymous" saying they are a scientist and advocate FOR GM foods is a troll. The real argument is we actually don't know the long term effects of GM crops, but so far some of short term effects to date that we know of, to both human and animal, are alarming and untrustworthy (as are the companies that advocate them). Also, you can add in the fact that they've been introduced into the food chain on a large scale without public consent, in the name of corporate profit and the desire for control of a basic necessity within a corporate elite.

  40. John OBrien says:

    Dear anonymous: either you are and end-stage schizophrenic/suffering from multiple personality disorder, you are hiding, you are a Monsanto shill, again hiding, or you are a common troll.
    What are you hiding?
    For about 100 bucks you can get your own Corporation.
    On this forum, you are nothing but noise, a clanging cymbal.

  41. Anonymous says:

    It's so obvious that MONSANTO's peeps has posted many of these comments...feeds the hungry? is that the best B---SHIT you can come up with? I suppose all the poor farmers livestock dying in India from grazing on GMO cotton plants is irrelevant? or the farmers mass suicides as a result of this? stop pretending you care, you have dollar signs in your eyes. The only thing of comfort to me is that Regimes like you eventually topple.

  42. Lakshmi Kerner says:

    The will of the people exists in Peru, it does not yet exist in the United States. May we all wake up before it is too late!

  43. Anonymous says:

    I am also a scientist and find the evidence against GMOs to be very strong. Without further study it would be unwise (a great gamble with our lives and the health of the ecosystem) to continue their proliferation.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Peru.

  45. Anonymous says:

    GM crops are unnatural and therefore its inhumane to remain ignorant to profiting multinational corporations that monopolize what we put into our bodies. Peru is taking a path toward independence. Lead by indigenous values. NICE.

  46. I am really happy for them. The food crisis is a myth made up from the lobby of the big food corporations. The best is that this is the first example of defense of the NATURE of agriculture that did not need Monsanto or any other, to make a better world, because there was nothing wrong with it!!

  47. Anonymous says:

    I'm really happy about that! But please can you post more links and official reports about that? THe source seems pretty thin yet :/
    I'd not link it that way.

  48. Anonymous says:

    It does concern me that this is being done.
    And by that I mean the crops.
    I have seen some good work done with bananas as they are a cloned crop
    and do not benefit as normal plants do and evolve with natural processes.

    I dont think this is as black and white as some would paint it. Although,
    I do agree far stricter measures need to be enforced.
    And maybe GM is not a good fit for private enterprise. maybe WHOrg or a new branch of it would be better placed and not motivated financially.

  49. Anonymous says:

    GM Foods might feed the hungry but it also kills them. Why not just have the hungry people go out and catch bugs and Eat out of the forest before the GMO's hit the bugs and forests? It would actually save their lives eating the bugs and forests before eating GMO's would. Our creator will always give the hungry a way to survive off the land without some chemical company destroying it. The chemical company's need to stop messing with our soil, seeds and nature. The chemical company's like Monsanto and Bayer etc, only care about profits. They don't care that they put poisons in our foods that kill us. why do you think there are so many people that eat GMO's dying of diseases left and right? Come on, pull your head out of you GMO Loving butt.

  50. Anonymous says:

    GM foods are perfectly healthy. they save lives, and feed the hungry. there is a reason they are on all our shelves - it's because they're not dangerous. anything to the contrary is usually hyped up popular gossip, with no actual proof or real scientific evidence.

    this has to stop. i've got money that says Peru never did any reputable research or scientific investigation to support their decision.

    you're all idiots. you probably think "organic" is more nutritious than regular food too.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Well, as a scientist you should look over the edga of your plate. The Distribution of food and huge overproduction capacaties are the real Problem. If mother nature wants us to survive with more benefitial crops we would have existing superplants already. There is a Balance in life that is mandatory to maintain stability. MONSANTO is Not Part of this. Wake up and understand that capitalism harms our inner natural human core.

  52. Anonymous says:

    short term unverifiable results say little about the actual situation - dear scientist - it is not rocket science to conclude that GMOs are valuable for the corporations who push them - but not for anyone else - get a life and start really caring about what is important.

  53. Anonymous says:

    I never use to be allergic to foods, but the pesticides and chemicals that they use on foods, I now have allergies to things like, strawberries, walnuts, shrimp etc. I say hurrah's

  54. Gabrielle says:

    "GM crops only feed Monsanto and yes they're hungry!" -AMIN!
    we are being poisoned by sick minds and greedy "companies". all they do is feeding themselves, by manipulating people. I bet they don't eat their s**t GMs. human race survived for a long time before their existence. "they feed the hungry" with diseases, so don't you idiot even put them in the same sentence with "common sense". if you wanna eat that, go ahead. and your body will thank you according to how you treated it, but don't lecture other people about your twisted beliefs!

  55. Anonymous says:

    Gm crops feed the hungry and save lives? GM crops are bad? Those debates will continue for a long time methinks.

    I'm all for turning a healthy long as possible effects are fully disclosed and understood.

    As for Peru being right...time will tell. As for Peru losing out economically? Ask the, not an economist from the western world, they have no idea; ask one from China.

    I'm not a scientist or a doctor - i'm a bartender so you can trust me...we are always right!

  56. KC Fox says:

    Anonymous is unfounded unknown, Just like a ill south wind, dont know where it has been, dont care where it is going just hop it gets to hell gone.

  57. Anonymous says:

    In response to, "I am a scientist and I happen to know that GM crops save lives and feed the hungry. Without GM crops, millions of people would die world-wide - mostly in developing nations. The positive benefits of GM crops far outweigh their negative consequences. Opposition to GM crops is therefore immoral and unethical."....Aside from the fact I don't believe you're a scientist, let's talk about moral & ethics since you brought that up. Is it moral to allow our fellow brothers & sisters to go hungry in the first place creating this illusion of a solution? Is it ethical for a small percent of the world's population to own the world's wealth & hoard it selfishly? Is it moral for you to eat organic food while you justify giving genetically modified food to those less fortunate than you? Is it even ethical to manipulate the genetics of food to increase the wealth of the few despite the many many detrimental effects it has to the human body?...In what way do GM crops save lives??? All across the world people who are perceived as less intelligent are refusing GM crops & all for very good reasons, they would rather starve to death than bring on the prolong death they would face eating that decorated garbage!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Why can't we be that smart? Because we've got dollar-signs in our eyes.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Another reason to love Peru. Reverencia a Pachamama

  60. carla says:

    I am 60 years old, and likely have been eating GM foods without knowing it for many years. My grandfather grew our veggies and kept enough chickens for the family, and a cow for milk.My grandmother never went food shopping. Made her own bread. We were very healthy. I think the first time they ever saw an MD was when they were past there nineties. I try to live this way still. It can be done. But I have to wonder, where are these big corps going to get there $$$ after we are all dead? And what are they going to eat? There money?

  61. Anonymous says:

    I guess they have more (guts) huevos than us (americans) , here is just bla,bla....

  62. Anonymous says:

    Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and the likes, are only trying to help the world by feeding everybody. GMOs are perfectly healthy and safe to eat. HAHA, just rolling!!! They'er actually terrible!!!!

  63. Anonymous says:

    It is Unfortunate that Genetically Modified Food is NEITHER safe and healthy.
    "Conventional food" is safe BUT not healthy.
    "organic food" IS safe and healthy.

    The difference between one another is the process of production.
    By lacking nutrients, including MOST of Organic food, the human immune system doesnt respond to ailment as it used to (50years ago)

    GM food process IS a fast food human genocide.

  64. Anonymous says:

    The real truth, the ENTIRE TRUTH about this is: Humans are schoolar kids when matters to GM. The major human big brain on this whole shebang is, today, a bacteria compared to gods (or aliens, or whatever you believe) that make us (and maybe all life in universe). The chances that shit happens is very, VERY high. Don´t believe in big corporations propaganda, that they GM products are safe, bla-bla-bla. It´s all propaganda. Believe in nature, "she" is here for more time
    than these so called "scientists".

    My 2$

  65. Anonymous says:

    Great awareness. I live in Peru and this is fantastic. I hope other countries follow suit as GMO's are putting the future of our world's food supply at risk. However, this identical article was written March 12th on Occupy Monsanto's website:

  66. Anonymous says:

    I call Monsanto the devils company for all the damage their GMO do to our world, and America needs to make the government rethink their aliance with this company and it's dangerous science... plus their unfair practices of sueing Farmers for patent infringement when it is the Farmers who have been injured by the GMO's merging 'uninvited' into their fields, contaminating their crops! It is the Farmers who should be sueing Monsanto...

  67. Anonymous says:

    i am uninterested in the claims of "scientists" who post their opinions anonymously. India has also temproarily banned GMOS see

  68. Randal H says:

    I'm really shocked to see some people's post here saying that "GMO foods will feed the world". The studies are in, and the information is in on that. Yes, people might get fed, but what is the point when the human body rejects the food, and it has very low nutritional levels? There are other health concerns as some of the GMO foods are actually toxic to some, but mostly children. The cotton seed isn't exactly food(just the oil), but cotton farmers in India had always fed the cotton seeds to their livestock. That is until the animals died.

  69. Anonymous says:

    GM seeds once put into the ground are the intellectual property of monsato. This means they have the patent on that GM seed. This means that when the inevitable happens of the seeds cross pollinating with non GM seed in a near by field that theses seeds also become the property of monsato. In this scenario the farmers are not allowed to keep the seeds to use the following year because they are the property of monsato.
    Wakr up you zombies and realise that this corporation who claims to feed the world with their wonderful ability to feed the worlds poor and starving are blood-sucking vampires who actually want to own the worlds food. WAKE UP!

  70. Anonymous says:

    lets get on board America with Pe!ru

  71. Anonymous says:

    *Peru! :)

  72. Anonymous says:

    As someone who has suffered from severe Crohns disease...(Lost my large intestine at 19) GMOs are bad. I ate a non organic processed foods diet my whole life...It wasn't until I switched to the SCD/PALEO diet 3 years ago did I see major changes in my health. All local, mostly organic, no grain, no sugar. It makes all the difference in the world. GO PERU! When more Americans are getting their intestines ripped out because they are completely ulcerated and disintegrating...MAYBE then people will wake up to the fact our food is tainted and killing us. Go back to nature! She knows her earth and seeds better than some "scientist"!

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  74. Anonymous says:

    I am happy for Peru...Now, lets get on board with almmost the rest of the world. GMO foods have been banned almost everywhere in Europe. BASF was kicked out of Germany. Increases in all kinds of allergies, diseases..and people don't want to think that it's our food?? what is the one thing that you do everyday? EAT! The corporations in the US lobby our politicians and use scare tactics like "the cost of food will rise"... etc... now, local governments are telling us that we cannot grow food in our own yards?..

  75. Anonymous says:

    f gm foods were feeding the hungry then how do you explain all of the famine in africa right now? gm foods are actually a part of a mass conspiracy to corrupt the dna of humans and to keep us sick and also to keep us dependent on a sham system for survival. furthermore monsanto pays farmers not to grow food, so i highly doubt the intent behind their patented gm foods is to feed the world. anyone who actually buys into that bs about how monsanto is a knight in shining armor is a moron. and to whoever suggested we stop eating meat and eat grain, grain is heavily genetically modified and on top of that it is not good for you. grain is actually terrible for humans. we started cultivating grain roughly 10,000 years ago and only using it as a main nutritional source as little as 1000 years ago and our bodies are not equipped to handle a grain based diet.

  76. suzicoyote says:

    In response to so many who debunk this outcry against GMO...please inform yourselves. Watch the 45 minute presentation, "Genetic Roulette"...any search engine should bring up several sites where it can be viewed. If that doesnt' teach you the facts, then buddy, you need a lobotomy!!!!!

  77. GreenGirl says:

    Concerned Canadian... You are my favorite.
    If we ate half the meat we do, and worked with nature, instead of against her, we would be better off. Monsanto, as a corporation, does not have the peoples heart and health in mind. I challenge them, not that this challenge is even valid on an internet comment reel, to label their food.
    But they wouldn't do that. They think it would give them bad business. And that's probably true. It would also be a lot easier to see the difference between those who eat their food everyday, and those who have managed to avoid it.
    I say, label it. Let us choose our own food with our own knowledge and education.

  78. Anonymous says:

    Wasn't this photo from the gold mine protest? Are the two situations somehow related, or are all angry Peruvians somehow the same? Seriously, what am I missing here?

  79. satinka says:

    Lots of Monsanto trolls here I see. Go Peru!!! Yaaay!

  80. Anonymous says:

    Get a load of the self-righteous, completely ignorant, busybody assholes on this message board cheering for authoritarian mob rule. All this means to me is that poor people have to pay more for their food. There's as much evidence that GMO's are bad for you as there is that Bigfoot lives in the Pacific Northwest. You know what's really bad for your health? Starving. Malnutrition. That's a real problem that most of the world has had to deal with - that is, until GMO's improved crop yields so dramatically that even dirt poor third world peasants could afford wheat, rice, and corn. Compared to most of the world you're a rich motherfucker, so you can afford your picky eating habits. Why would you advocate using government guns to force everyone else to do the same? Why don't you just go point a gun in your neighbor's face and tell them they can only shop at Whole Foods? That's quite literally what you're doing when you vote for some new law, but because almost everyone in the world is a fucking troll they either don't understand or don't give a shit. Fuck your aggressive, oppressive bullshit. By all means, eliminate corporate subsidies and legal privileges. Eliminate all the force and fraud and let's have some real capitalism, so that what people actually *want* to buy is what gets produced the most. Ultimately, though, the old 19th century style of farming you morons advocate is going to have limited market appeal because only a dumbass hippy wants to pay triple the price for a plain old potato that isn't fortified with vitamin awesome and taste like motherfucking fried chicken and gravy.

  81. Anonymous says:

    Norman Borlaug, the father of GM crops, won the Nobel Peace Prize for saving nearly a billion people. Saying all GMO is bad is ludicrous. There are potential issues with Roundup resistant strains, but the studies most often cited are not scientifically rigorous. More work needs to be done. Banning all GMO while that is done could result in millions of deaths. I do not work for Monsanto and have no skin in the game except I hate to see knee jerk reactions to important issues.

  82. Anonymous says:

    How noble! Now, when the HUNGRY people begin to starve, will it be okay to eat each other?

  83. Anonymous says:

    Thats the most idiotic opinion ive heard. Eat, DIRECTLY, the grain that most animals SHOULDNT eat, which is the main reason for heart disease...

  84. Anonymous says:

    I think it's great that there are people out there who care about the negative effects GM has on human's! About time! yes there are millions of HUNGRY people out there, but why can't we teach them to grow food the natural way,they will no longer go hungry - I'm adament that all these chemicals is the reason why "Cancer" has now esculated.

  85. Anonymous says:

    Lots of TROLLS shouting "Big business is bad." It's easy to be high minded when you live in the U.S. where food is PLENTIFUL. It takes an absolute FOOL to choose to stave to death if any other option exists.

    As usual, the people who were happy with their GMO food will find themselves starving because of the untested ideas of a lunatic fringe.

  86. Anonymous says:

    Starving to death precludes the possibility of developing heart disease. Love your reasoning.

  87. Anonymous says:

    With a recent French study showing Monsanto corn causes massive tumors in rats the media is finally looking into just how evil Monsanto really is.

    After a recent study conducted by French scientists revealed rats feed with Monsanto corn that is being sold in Walmart grew massive tumors, suffered internal organ damage and developed other ailments the some of the corporate media is finally giving Monstanto the long overdue news coverage it deserves.

    In a blistering piece Activist Post asking just how evil is Monsanto posting a Young Turk’s clip on the same subject which notably features footage from a documentary on the firm’s evil.

    This comes as Mother Jones has done looked into Monsanto’s sinister history which included being heavily involved in three now infamous toxic – PCB, DDT, and Agent Orange – which the firm used it muscle in the past to cover up the dangers of and continue to do so until a mountain of irrefutable evidence emerged that could no longer be spun.

    Recalling how both politicians, legislators, regulators and the scientific community were bought and paid for with Monsanto’s dollars for many, many years to cover up the dangers of those toxins certainly does little to console those worried about the toxic effects of Monsanto’s flagship Round Up Herbicide and the Genetically Modified crops the company produces.

    The Mother Jones details how Monsanto was on the brink of absolute failure after the PCB, DDT, and Agent Orange scandals only for Mitt Romney to step in and led the firm into re-branding itself by focusing its ‘bio-products’ such as the Round Up weed killer and its GMO products.

  88. Anonymous says:

    The 9:54 a.m. post is absolutely right.

  89. Anonymous says:

    "Agricultural biotechnology will find a supporter occupying the White House next year, regardless of which candidate win the election in November"
    - Monsanto Inhouse Newsletter, 2000

    A Monsanto official told the New York Times that the corporation should not have to take responsibility for the safety of its food products. "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."

    It would be nice to think the FDA can be trusted with these matters, but think again. Monsanto has succeeded in insuring that government regulatory agencies let Monsanto do as it wishes. Take a look:

    Prior to being the Supreme Court Judge who put GW Bush in office,Clarence Thomas was Monsanto's lawyer.

    The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (Anne Veneman) was on the Board of Directors of Monsanto's Calgene Corporation.
    The Secretary of Defense (Donald Rumsfeld) was on the Board of Directors of Monsanto's Searle pharmaceuticals.

    The U.S. Secretary of Health, Tommy Thompson, received $50,000 in donations from Monsanto during his winning campaign for Wisconsin's governor.
    The two congressmen receiving the most donations from Monsanto during the last election were Larry Combest (Chairman of the House Agricultural Committee) and Attorney General John Ashcroft. (Source: Dairy Education Board)

  90. Anonymous says:

    Monsanto doesnt even use these frankenfoods in their own cafeteria...what does that tell you? Hurrah for Peru! Wise up US government. wise up Obama...stop supporting the destroyers of the the Monsanto appointee heading the FDA!

  91. Anonymous says:

    in the long run, we are being sterilized by GMOs... just take the time to read and inform yourselves. few examples here

    or try to see genetic roulette movie...

  92. Anonymous says:
    Monsanto On Verge of $40 Million GMO Bailout in Europe: Report
    By Nicholas Tomasi On November 25, 2012 · Add Comment

    The genetically modified food industry’s biggest player, Monsanto, is reportedly set to receive $40 million in U.S. dollars worth of financial support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development according to the website

    The monetary assists/bailout will be offered for contracts made by the U.S. GMO giant with medium and large farmers and distributors in countries such as Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary. It was not clear in the article what impact GMO bans in places such as Hungary and Russia would have on the situation. The funds will go to companies that cannot pay for either seeds or the wide variety of agrochemicals sold by Monsanto that they had originally committed to buy but aren’t able to afford.

    The news is not likely to be well received by the legions of GMO Freedom activists that currently populate Europe and other affected areas. Genetically modified organisms, aka GMOs, have been linked to various negative health effects including allergies and even organ damage and cancer. Russia banned American GMO imports following a French study showing massive tumors in lab rats that consumed the corn as well as Monsanto’s Roundup, its controversial, signature weed killing chemical that has also been linked to cancer.

    Monsanto GMO Bailout in Europe A Sign of Things to Come?

    The announcement is also the latest in a series of events and articles showing that Monsanto is seen as “too big to fail” by powerful government interests from the U.S. to Europe even as the movement for GMO freedom seems to grow by the day.

    Wikileaks earlier revealed that United States diplomats essentially work for Monsanto to push their products and seeds around the world, a company that moved from producing Agent Orange during the Vietnam War to using their chemicals and other materials to take over the seed industry. President Barack
    Obama has also appointed two former top Monsanto employees, Michael Taylor and Tom Vilsack, to high ranking food/safety positions in the U.S. government.

    European activists are known to march by the thousands against GMOs, as they wish to keep their food supply free of the lab-created U.S. crops despite best attempts by the European Union and other bodies to usurp the wishes of the people. Recently, French protesters burned GM soy that had been imported as animal feed and Italian protesters burned experimental GMO trees.

    The French cancer study woke up thousands of people to the likely dangers of GMO foods, but perhaps most alarming is how they are crowding out virtually all other types of crops and food in general.

    The media often refuses to mention that GMOs cross contaminate all other crops nearby, ruining biodiversity and hurting organic and conventional farmers who receive higher prices for their crops if they’re certified to be non-GMO.
    Many farmers have even been sued for patent infringement by Monsanto when the company’s “intellectual property” i.e. patented materials are found within their plants, materials they never wanted in the first place. The organic farmers have argued in several lawsuits that the burden to prevent cross contamination should be on Monsanto, especially since they are the ones responsible for all cross contamination in the first place.

    In response to news of the GMO bailout, CEE Bankwatch, “together with 157


  93. Anonymous says:

    The genetically modified food industry’s biggest player, Monsanto, is reportedly set to receive $40 million in U.S. dollars worth of financial support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development according to the website

    The monetary assists/bailout will be offered for contracts made by the U.S. GMO giant with medium and large farmers and distributors in countries such as Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary. It was not clear in the article what impact GMO bans in places such as Hungary and Russia would have on the situation. The funds will go to companies that cannot pay for either seeds or the wide variety of agrochemicals sold by Monsanto that they had originally committed to buy but aren’t able to afford.

  94. Anonymous says:

    Amazing that Monsanto is branded evil by TROLLS. Wonder how many starving people the TROLLS have fed? Usual rhetoric: Insult people, falsely accuse companies -- but EPIC FAIL to implement a better plan.

    Lots of hot air and bad smells.

    Sadly, a lot of ignorant people are going to suffer and starve.

  95. Anonymous says:

    You stupid ignorant fol, zombie, sheeple, rhetoric, go watch the news because they tell the truth, WAKE UP!!!!!

  96. Anonymous says:

    Just curious how this crowd feels about other genetic modification techniques like in-vitro fertilization?

  97. Anonymous says:

    Somebody said, "Monsanto doesn't even use these Frankenfoods in their cafeteria." HOW DOES THIS BLOGGER KNOW ? What sort of person posts a statement like that without personal knowledge?

    The sort who applauds a poor country's decision to deliberately starve it's population.

  98. Anonymous says:

    Sadly a lot of people are already suffering and starving! The people that monsato supposedly helps is basically fucking them over and your too brain washed to realise and you're just repeating what your told by a corporation. These trolls you speak about are people who give a sh** about their world and your a F***ing parrot and a sucker!!!!

  99. Anonymous says:

    The comments made by people who say that the evidence against monsato in unfounded, WHAT???? ITs everywhere, scientific journals, newspapers, documentaries. These fat, rich people want to go through life with their eyes closed and just believe everything they are told. Eating themselves to death, getting cancer then go ahead. The rest of the world who is awake is trying desperately to wake everyone up. Its pointless.

  100. Anonymous says:

    Peru has it right, except that the article points out that lots of products already on store shelves already include GMO components.
    In most of Europe, GMO's are either forbidden or strictly controlled. AND products must be labelled to show GMO content or not. AND stores that pledge not to sell GMO-containing products attract more customers than those who don't care.
    The main difference between Europe and North America (USA + Canada), is that in Europe, laws are passed to protect the consumers/citizens against risks. In N. America, laws are passed (or prevented) based on a negotiation between corporations and FDA/lawmakers. This according to a great CBC documentary from a couple years ago which highlighted the much faster growth of allergies, asthma, and other environment-related diseases in N. America compared to Europe. Sorry I don't remember the name of the documentary.
    Michel M., USA.

  101. Anonymous says:

    We should be as smart as these simple farmers. I asked my Peru guide, Juan, how could the farmers make the right choice. He said the farmers asked the APUS... the mountains! You don't need to be worldly smart... you just got to listen to the earth and follow that call to do the right thing. No fancy degrees needed!

  102. Anonymous says:

    Incredible, that third world countries approve it, and here "first world"????

  103. Paul Brown says:

    Hello you anonymous people. What are you arguing about. Peru has made a decision and it is their decision. You are just being bitchy with each other for no reason except that you have nothing else better to do.

    I don't care whether you agree with it or don't agree with their decision. Let's keep the arguments above petty schoolgirl bitching level.

  104. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, I'm from New Zealand and it's going on here. One thing I would like to point out is that monsato or one of those multi-nationals was trying to sue a small crop farmer in the US because his crops being so close to one of there GM crops, that wind had spread the GM seeds onto the small farmers land, they were trying to sue him because his crops had a percentage of their GM plants in it. Monsato's registered GM modified seeds belong strictly to Monsato, so they figured I guess that they couls sue him for that. I remember reading in Nexus many years before this about registered seed crops that are GM and this was their fear back then that it would lead to law suits and one day all seeds would be owned by this multi-national companies. I don't know what happened in that case or the details, but I think people all over the world should be aware of this.

  105. Anonymous says:

    I am just...shocked by all the people cheering for GMO products. We could easily feed the world without GMO crap if all the food waste and corruption were stopped. I can't believe anyone has been duped into believing Monsanto et al has the interest of anyone except their shareholders in mind. As someone else pointed out, they already have blood on their hands in India. And if you talk to midwives in countries where GMO soy is the staple food, you'll find they have the deaths of many babies on their hands too. GMO is NOT the same as real food. And all this fake concern for the poor. Have you asked them if they want food that's going to increase cancer (multiple studies), cause sterility in a couple generations (multiple studies) or kill what babies they do manage to conceive at birth because *something* in GMO's causes serious cord issues (actual experience in countries with high GMO consumption)?

  106. mike f says:

    notice that the people posting here in support of GMOS are all named "anonymous". pseudo-scientists. the same folks who will tell you that fluoride in your drinking water is somehow good for your teeth. your anonymous stranglehold of our food, water, and soil is slipping. the propaganda isn't working anymore. as it happened in peru, it will happen elsewhere.

  107. Ty says:

    GMOs in corn are what led to government-subsidized farming, and farmers that produce thousands of acres of product, but who are almost broke. It's what pushes food industry to use a lot of one product, thus forcing farmers to grow only one product, thus preventing them from sowing anything else, which leads to depleted soil and eventually, a ruined farmer. After s/he's spent all their money on more chemical fertilizers, new equipment to do so, and bought his/her next bags of GMO seed, they have no money to live on.

    It's a nice idea to think that GMOs will feed the world... truth be told, there's is more than plenty of food to feed the world without GMOs. What will actually feed the world is a lack of greed.

  108. Matt Chappel says:

    A few people have tried to make the absolutely ridiculous argument that because of GMO crops, third world "poor people" can now afford food when they couldn't before.

    This makes absolutely no sense when you consider that the absolute CHEAPEST way to feed oneself is to buy seeds and plant a garden yourself.

    Many GMO seeds will produce ONE round of crops and then the subsequent seeds are useless.

    Organic, natural food seeds on the other hand will produce food indefinitely.... Meaning, if you buy one organic packet of seeds, you can grow that crop FOREVER as long as the plants give off more seeds. Meanwhile, many of the GMO seeds are the "self-destructors", which means that every season, you'll have to buy MORE seeds.... which means spending more money, obviously.

    Also, give me a break with the bull about Monsanto caring about poor people. This is the same corporation who has literally RUINED the lives of farmers all over the world by either suing them for having seed blow onto their field, or lying to them about the benefits of Monsanto seeds which have underdelivered in almost every case.

    It's great to see that most people aren't buying the pro-GMO nonsense.

  109. Jose Mendez says:

    Peru’s decision was based on our concern for protecting our gorgeous biodiversity. The ten year banning is until we have enough information on how, in our specific conditions, this GM crops could affect our native species.
    Many people in developed countries, especially in the US, are concerned about how GM crops will affect people’s health. This is good, but how many of them are concerned about how much petroleum has to be burn only for turning on those billions of lights in Las Vegas, just because they look nice? Or why no one even considers to hang out their clothes to dry after laundry, like they do in Europe and anywhere else in the world, instead of using power hungry dryers? It is easy to blame on a few companies to affect our health and our future, but maybe the real problem for the future is in the whole system that is involved, including our lifestyle.

  110. Anonymous says:

    We don't need genetically modified, underqualified food- we have the natural resources to overfeed everyone on our rich planet with nutritious food through intelligent management and and careful cultivation- the world's resources have been abused, squandered, hoarded, and wasted and now someone is trying to come up with a fake, ultimately destructive alternative to what we had/could have in droves quite naturally! By the way, I live in a developed country and I have lived very conscientiously and naturally for many years, as do many of my friends, because it feels right (bicycle only, hang dry, secondhand only, recycle everything down to a staple, and much more than these examples...but we need more of the the masses to live conscientiously). The way to do that is to change what we VALUE as a society. We'll see...Right On.

  111. Anonymous says:

    As I read more about the Monsanto much more I'm afraid... it is a cancer. Fortunately there are news like this that make you hope that awareness can be increased and that people ever more opposed to manipulation by Monsanto

  112. Anonymous says:

    Peru is showing good moral leadership with this salient decision. Genetically Engineered Foods are poisoning the world!!! Its our responsibility to protect our children and our planet.

  113. Anonymous says:

    Good words!! I'm very proud of my country and happy for such an important event. I hope one day US can do the same!

  114. Anonymous says:

    Yes, indeed! Corpotations don't care about people!!

  115. Anonymous says:

    Anyone that has a stock in the market of GM seed is of course going to think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. The truth is, the GM seeds are contaminating the world..The world won't starve if we can cultivate real food in uncontaminated soil, have good water and sunlight to grow real the research..
    The bottom line is if a plant can withstand tons of chemicals that have to get stronger every year due to weed resistance, that to me is a red flag, you don't need rocket science to get it. Do you want corn or soybean that could withstand a nuclear blast on your dinner plate, or do you prefer natural food where the DNA has not been altered. When we eat this so called food, our body does not know how to process it, so it can cause cell division that can lead to all kinds of disease.. Look at the increase in cancer and auto immune diseases, not to mention all the GI disease that exists. Animals have died from munching on genetically modified cotton, is that the cotton you want to sleep on at night. I would recommend watching the movie Genetic Roulette for a real eye opener..When GM animal feed has been in the barn, the mice won't even eat it, wh
    at does that tell you. Farmers have several testimonies of how their animals have acted on the GM feed and how sterility became an issue. Ever wonder why there are so many infertility clinics now. I'm sure everyone knows someone with a fertility issue. They are finding pesticides in children's bone marrow that have leukemia.
    Go Peruvians and Kenyons, sustainable organic farming is the way to go, someone just always wants to profit on quick ways to feed the world that are dangerous. If we ate more real food, there would be less diabetes, obesity etc..
    Also no one should be using Roundup, it's not biodegradable, let's get that banned too!! We can slowly save the world, stop treating lawns with pesticides and herbicides, let mother nature live, save the bees, stop chemicals. You may not be sick today, but give it a few years, look up the cancer rates for men and woman..
    Until it affects a family member directly people will not get it. God did not design the world to be genetically altered. He thinks it was fine the way it was, so do I. He will be the final judge.

  116. Plant your own gardens, make your own electricity, store your own water. Stop being controlled by YOUR governmental FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION.

  117. The Bible say's that the "meek will inherit the earth". Are these people part of THEM. I say. anybody that is willing to stand up and hold on to what is right for there health and the health of the world against Big Government are called "the meek".

  118. Lois says:

    GREEN REVOLUTION technology in the 1970s, touted by Westerners wanting to make a profit on the fertilizers and seeds poor farmers had to BUY in order to take advantage of the GR that promised to feed the world was a sham. the TRUTH is that if food was EQUALLY DISTRIBUTED amongst all humans, there would be enough, TODAY, WITHOUT GMO'S WITHOUT FERTILIZERS, SIMPLY AS IS. We don't need GMO seeds nor crops that will compromise the future of all sustainable harvest that happen to be down wind.
    I AM NOT A SCIENTIST, JUST AN EDUCATED VOICE WHO sees the truth of multinationals overt agenda for profit...

  119. Robert says:

    All I have to say is that the person/people that claim that GMO is not dangerous for nature, animals and for us humans have absolutely no idea what their talking about or their paycheck comes from the GMO producers.

    I have worked in the food science agri technology field for a few years and was doing some research partially funded by one of the big three doing nanotechnology research not going to say for which company but peoples health of life's are not on the agenda at all period. Maximize profits and ensure that plants are sterile is another thing they have worked on so that farmers cannot buffer up on seeds from current...also the pesticide DNA sequences that are spliced in, are not there only to kill of pests and weeds but its also there to make you sick in the long run...these big companies are also big shareholders in the medical industry.

    Our research also showed that GMO is killing the Bee's so they killed our funding...they didn't want to hear that nor some other thins of our findings.

    Also big yields from GMO crops leads to Soildepletion so you need more fertilizers that goes eventually spreads to ground water etc...some grounds get so bad they cant grow anything on it...see the pattern.

    If all farms Grew organic with natural methods and made their own organic fertilizers, use crop rotation, mixing different plants in fields that benefit from each other. Then Soildepletion would be a thing of the passed and so would GMO Producers...their is a way all we need is political courage.

  120. Anonymous says:

    Next time in your produce store, look for the label "grown in Peru."

  121. Anonymous says:

    pick your poison. starvation or GM FOODS

  122. Anonymous says:

    anything we do to keep humans alive by artificial means is a mistake. The day will come for a real die-off.

  123. Anonymous says:

    GM decreases yields... it's already been shown to do so in India where farmers are killing themselves in record number after they bought it to this gm crap!All you scientists who say you know gm foods are good are so freaking dumb!! I can't believe what universities are churning out these days that pass for experts!! Pathetic! Shame on your kind!

    GO PERU!

  124. Anonymous says:

    Who will save the lives of the farmers who are planting genetically modified seeds when they soil can not produce anything else and their farms is all that they have and care. It sounds more like an exchange of lives, saving now the ones who are dying and in need food for the farmers (and people who depend on their products) in the near future...

  125. Anonymous says:

    The last thing this world needs is more people. We need birth control, not GM crops that result in more humans and more environment destruction. GM crops are usually only GM'ed to tolerate more Monsanto pesticides and herbicides, thereby leading to tainted foods delivering toxic residues into human bodies, more toxic run-off in the environment, greater pressure on weeds and bugs to become resistant, escape of Gm genes into wild populations of the same species, dependence among farmers, elimination of older species, etc. ban GM.

  126. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Peru, I thought I was going to have to give up corn forever, perhaps I can find Peruvian corn some day. I support you 100%

  127. Anonymous says:

    The real motive of the American Left with its advocacy against GM crops is to impoverish the people so they are easier to control. The agenda of the American Left is authoritarian rule at the point of a gun.

  128. Anonymous says:

    "I am a scientist and I happen to know that GM crops save lives and feed the hungry. Without GM crops, millions of people would die world-wide - mostly in developing nations. The positive benefits of GM crops far outweigh their negative consequences. Opposition to GM crops is therefore immoral and unethical."

    Considering that it is illegal to do independent research on GM crops due to copyright violations, anybody claiming to do research on GM crops is either lying or doing research for the parent company... how biased is that?

  129. Manussi (the wind)Clarice Mota, Shaman practitioner says:

    The Great White Serpent, Earth's Kundalini, has chosen Peru and Chile to migrate its pole, that is changing from Tibet and India. Every 13,000 years the Kundalini energy of our Mother Earth moves to a new site. Our Mother is wise and knows what is the new force, the new energy that can save all of us from total extermination and degradation. The native Peruvian people know what they are doing! Arise, great Serpent and shed your skin so that we can learn to shed our past!

  130. Anonymous says:

    As a scientist, a part-time Peruvian resident and country specialist, I happen to know that GM crops are NOT NEEDED and certainly not wanted in Peru. This is a cradle of pre-Hispanic crop domestication with some 85 of the 105 identified biogeographic zones in the world. Peru's agricultural sovereignty, its Cultural Rights are now under assault by corporate greed.

  131. Anonymous says:

    "I am a scientist and I happen to know that GM crops save lives and feed the hungry. Without GM crops, millions of people would die world-wide - mostly in developing nations. The positive benefits of GM crops far outweigh their negative consequences. Opposition to GM crops is therefore immoral and unethical."

    If you cannot feed yourself then why do u think that you deserve to live? Humans have been able to forage and hunt for quite sometime now, if you are unable to do either perhaps you are not needed..

    I will say it... its already overpopulated here, this world would benefit if there were only people on it that are a benefit to society "Without GM crops, millions of people would die world-wide - mostly in developing nations"

    Yes my friend its the corporate greed again, do you really think that your government care about your safety... why are cigarettes still legal? simple because they like your money not you hahaha

    Sadly most of us are eating these types of foods without our knowledge.


  132. Anonymous says:

    If you want the complete story of GMO, go on and watch the 85 minute documentary. This will give you a good basis for making an informed, science based decision. I'd be amazed at anyone who sees these facts who contines to eat GMO contaminated food.

  133. Anonymous says:

    People need to wake up! GMO's are bad for you.....look it up on the Internet to see what company's spent millions of dollars to have GMO's in their products....boycot the company! The New World Order (look that up) is here and the rich want to depopulate the population.

  134. Anonymous says:

    I applaud Peru for its decision to ban genetically modified foods. I only wish that they had banned it for a period of 99 years!

  135. Anonymous says:

    Still amazed by and tired of people who are so naive about genetically modified foods. But apparently you can't always force people to make the smart choice, and it's the poor, dumb masses who are going to suffer the most under the GM foods ban. It's about time the world's population decreases.

  136. Anonymous says:

    This may sound like wild conspiracy theory, but it certainly makes you think:
    (the premise being that GMO foods are being engineered for population reduction. I'd do more research/check the sources before buying into it. But in general, it's just one of many indications of why GMOs are most likely not really serving our interests in the long term. And as far as population control-I'm much more comfortable with making contraception widely available than having some megalomaniacs making us infertile through our food supply)

  137. Anonymous says:

    Do not forget that the GM corn is what is killing the honey bees..

  138. Anonymous says:

    It is quite impressive and motivating to see just how many people out there are passionate and educated one such a major yet easy another world wide issue. That do is and will effect life as we know it. There is no person alive that would not want to gain the most out of there life journey. We all strive naturally toward the most rewarding human experience. There are may questions to which the answers are let to the universe to keep. All I know is I've spent most my adult life, reading staying curious, hoping for some salvation in for the most part minamal heath crissises I've stumbled into along the way. I know I as dreamy as the thought of emortal is to my imagination. I us will all be dirt at some point. In the mean time I will make good use of the intuition God has grated me. Knowing in my heart which is directly leading to the soul. That the one privilege to which we were all give is choice. To choses ones path. And any one who tried to prevent ones god give right to this choise when it comes to the greater good of ALL. Is not to be trusted with such a delicate balance. For I am God! Therefore I shall choose my own life path. I look to my universe to provid me the gifts I need to share in my experience with all. Monsanto you are not God, who are you to take anyone's rights? I was give my Sences to gide me. Here we stand blindfolded gaged at bound at the hands and feet. For seeking truth. Sound familiar? Well many have died for the cause. So shall plenty more. Know that nature truth will always find a way! The illusion of money and power surely will pervail. At what real cost, time will tell. As I live my life day by day. I will walk the path of righousness Not only for my own cause but the greater good. And so shall I untell I lay to in the dirt. From which all life grows. @TM (why is the wold we are in to "own" it all!)

  139. Anonymous says:

    The US government/corporations has been in the business of lowering life expectancy of the populous for a long time. Just google cigarettes, trans fats, fast foods etc... Now they have a new & more effective tool and they slipped it into our food supply for two decades without our knowledge. Your hard earned tax dollars at work to keep you from collecting the social security benefits you worked your entire life for.

  140. Anonymous says:

    BTW yes there is a reason for the ovious here. Was explaining myself. Why the mombo jumbo errors. Heres the thing. My trusty cellular device was not functioning. I never stop to share my feeling on the world wide web hardly. For may reason. If there is one lession to be learned here. In our world of harsh realities, a little compassion could go along ways. So next time you want to point fingers, take a look in the morror. Surely there your answer lies. Enough said. As for me I'll retreat back to being stuck in my own head. As long as I'm stuck in this body, I would hope I would have say on what is right for its optimal function!

  141. Anonymous says:

    Hip hip hooray!
    Way to go folks. This GMO sh*t needs to be globally banned and stamped out before it kills us and depopulates the world!!
    Keep booting them up their backsides!
    They also know, that plants naturally polinate, but, purposefully put in contractual clauses about not to 'steal' their patented technology or seeds without license or payments, knowing nature does its work of cross pollination, and when it has, these companies want to sue you!
    They also have their own private police!
    WTF !!!

  142. Anonymous says:

    They cost lives because they ruin small farmer's ability to sustain themselves ,therefor ruining their livelihood. We don't have a food shortage in the world. We have a distribution problem. No matter how much food we produce there will be people going hungry nder the current system. Certain gmo foods like soy are causing adverse affects in humans. It makes more sense to eat foods in their natural form in order to get the nutrients that they are meant to give.

  143. Anonymous says:






  144. Anonymous says:

    wouldnt it make more sense for the third world countries to stop having so many kids? To me it makes no sense for people who cant feed themselves to have 10 kids they cant feed aswell. I dont know about GM foods nor do i care, people are bashing monsanto for making money? do we not work to make money?

  145. Anonymous says:

    I like how all these "real scientists" are commenting on this this story without any references. A REAL scientist would never do that.

    As for my opinion, GMOs have certainly helped a lot of people, especially thanks to Norman Bolraug's work - But how have the Peruvian government defined GMOs? Does selectivly bred organisms count? They're GMOs and no-one complains about them. Cross breeding different crops so you get a plant with the desireable traits of both parent crops has been done for centuries, and now scientists are doing it molecularly (and using a wider pool of genes).

    The other issue with GMOs, and I think this is something that is nothing to do with the inherent nature of GMOs, but they way they are treated, is rights. When a person/company develops a new strain of whatever that is disease-proof/high yeild/needs less water etc, they expect some return on the investment they put into making it (actually that seems to be true for anything we do in life). However, how they go about "expecting some return" is questionable. Monsanto's (and Bayer's/Dow's) business practices are by no means sound, but they seem to have no real regulation. This is what I think the UN really needs to get involved, establishing good and practical guidlines on how companies can sell thier GMOs in a fair manner to developed countries. Until we see that, we will see this knee-jerk reaction to banning things that could be really helpful to a country.

  146. Anonymous says:

    How many of you feed other families with the products you raise? The grain and livestock produced on our farm feeds over 250 families each year. We raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay for feeding 700-900 head of cattle each year. Why do I use GMO's? Because corn production requires good roots to make a healthy plant, healthy stalk to transmit the nutrients to the ear and utilize the water and sunlight available. I have had GMO hybrids produce over 70 bu per acre more than their non-GMO hybrid sister (now termed refuge corn) in the same field in side-by-side comparisons. Why, because the root worm larvae eat the roots away, even with the use of insecticides when we don't have enough rain to activate the chemicals used to control them. NO ROOTS = NO plant production!! 70 bu is roughly 35% of the yield of my better corn. If we produced, as a nation, 35% less grain... we would be clearing land at a phenominal pace to fill the void. All cattle grow on grass for a period of time after weaned from it's mother's milk. Corn is a grass... C4 type for those that care. Whether I feed my cattle green corn stalks and hay or the kernels of grain is my choice as too how quickly i want them to reach readiness for market. But, I am tired of hearing about grain being wasted on livestock. Protein is necessary for bodily function. Humans are omnivores... we have incisors for teeth.... going without meat in a diet for extended periods is not what the creator had in mind. The fact is, someone above said the feed grains used on livestock could be used to feed the people.... umm, that is a big misrepresentation. The corn i grow is used for animal feed, ethanol, possibly corn oil and corn starch.... but it is not used to make corn meal for human consumption... and it is not sweet corn that is canned, frozen or eaten fresh off the cob. There are different varieties of those products. If people didn't eat meat, the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables and grains that would be needed to replace the protein provided would greatly increase over their current production potential. Plus the inability to store many plant products for more than a week without processing. And, have you ever tried to freeze leafy greens like lettuce? The fact is, if anyone chooses to not eat meat, I do not take offense. But when they tell me that it is bad for my health, my blood starts to simmer, if they tell me livestock waste resources, it starts to boil, and when they say humans shouldn't eat meat.... I pray for their souls!

  147. Anonymous says:


  148. Anonymous says:

    "They worry the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will compromise the native species of Peru, such as the giant white corn, purple corn and, of course, the famous species of Peruvian potatoes."

    All those have been genetically altered through cross breeding and other techniques, especially the potatos. The methods have changed, but corn has been tampered with from the very moment man began to grow it domestically instead of harvesting wild corn.

  149. Concerned says:

    " I have had GMO hybrids produce over 70 bu per acre more than their non-GMO hybrid sister"

    He's lying.

    GMOs consistently produce lower yields.

  150. Concerned says:

    Monsanto PR says:

    "corn has been tampered with from the very moment man began to grow it domestically instead of harvesting wild corn."

    Traditional breeding Good.
    Tampering with DNA in a laboratory Bad.

    Please stop poisoning our food.

  151. Concerned says:

    What really happened in California with that GMO vote...

    "Vote fraud: who destroyed Prop 37 on election night?"

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  152. Anonymous says:

    So, if organic food now costs 20-50% more than conventional to grow. All of the people with enough money to make the choice to buy perceived healthier food can.... but what about those that don't have the extra funds to pay for it? I have seen presentations on the net affect to yields and therefore to prices that will cause 500% price increases to food in an average year. Take a drought affected year like 2012 and make it 1000%. The tillable land area of the US would need to DOUBLE to make up the yield loss. And that is only to feed the current population on earth! I appreciate your confidence in our abilities to feed the masses, but the Good Lord gave us pests, diseases, and weeds to contend with, now he gave us the enlightened ideas of how to increase production despite them. We cannot go back to food production practices of the pre-1950's to feed 9 billion people. The organic food system, in my opinion, is a niche market for those that can afford it and want to belong to an elite group that can pay more for their food. I know people that produce for it, and they even have concerns about the honesty of the certification process and how there is NO TEST for most products to prove they are organic.... it is mostly hearsay of the production process. I like my apples to be free of worms, scab, beetles, and fungi. I like my sweet corn to be free of earworms, beetles, and fungi. I prefer my cattle to be treated for lice, worms, and fed a wholesome diet of grains and forage. I grow GMO's and I eat them, and without them half the world would starve!

  153. Anonymous says:

    Organic food in the United States doesn't have to meet the same safety requirements other foods must meet. Organic food can contain more insect parts and animal waste product (manure used for fertilizing) than other foods simply because they can't pass the same requirements other foods have. So while we are labling GMO foods we should also lable organic foods with a warning that special attention needs to be paid in cleaning the product before consuming.
    Not that organic food isn't also genetically altered. There is no grain that hasn't been drastically altered from its wild state.

  154. Anonymous says:

    Amazing how many people here are convinced GM foods are safe even though very little research has been done on their safety. They must either be very ignorant or have a financial stake in GM.

    And the idiots that think there's no fundamental difference between GM and selective breeding, it's obvious you have no knowledge at all about the subject and should just shut up and do some research.

  155. Anonymous says:

    GMO foods, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.

    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like "America Deceived II".

    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

    Impeach Obama.

    Last link of "America Deceived II" before it is completely banned:

  156. Anonymous says:

    Monsanto's paid shills > You painted yourselves into a corner trying to rationalize Monsanto's Cancer Causing Poisons.

    People are supposed to be thankful to eat crap manufactured by the world's largest Pesticide Corporation, right?

    Here is another disgusting demonstration of Monsanto's criminal hypocrisy;

    The firm running the canteen restaurant at Monsanto's pharmaceuticals factory at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, serves only Genetically Modified-Free Meals!!!

    I wonder why.

    In a notice in the canteen, Sutcliffe Catering, owned by the Granada Group, said it had taken the decision "to remove, as far as practicable, GM soya and GM maize from all food products served in our restaurant."
    "We have taken the above steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve."

    May I suggest that the hierarchy of Monsanto Corporation (and it's shills) be forced to lead by example by eating their own Genetically Modified Food products, and by force if necessary.

    There is no longer any legitimate, scientific defense of growing GM crops for human consumption. The only people still clinging to the outmoded myth that "GMOs are safe" are scientific mercenaries with financial ties to Monsanto and the biotech industry.

    GMOs are an anti-human technology.

    They threaten the continuation of life on our planet. They are a far worse threat than terrorism, or even the threat of nuclear war.

    As a shocking new study has graphically shown, GMOs are the new thalidomide.

    When rats eat GM corn, they develop horrifying tumors. Seventy percent of females die prematurely, and virtually all of them suffer severe organ damage from consuming GMO.

    These are the scientific conclusions of the first truly "long-term" study ever conducted on GMO consumption in animals, and the findings are absolutely horrifying.

  157. Those Indians know the stuff is shit. Does it seem like we might just need to move to countries that ban that shit? Slogan: Leave America Leave poisoned food behind

  158. The sad thing is the New World Order will take control and force us to take vaccines and eat that GM food crap. Then what? If you don't know what to do, then you are retarded. Leave the USA by the millions. Oh, you say you can't? Then grow your own food or eat the GM shit if you must stay and don't care.

  159. Anonymous says:

    I'm calling B.S. to the rant above.

    I personally like my produce imperfect from local farmers markets and when I find a few live beneficial & pest insects on it, it gives me reassurance that it is insect verified yummy yummy for my tummy =)

  160. Anonymous says:

    The Monsanto canteen, along with that of the White House serves organic food. They certainly are putting their money where their mouths are don't you think?

  161. Anonymous says:

    Monsanto used to own Aspartame which they have now sold to Pfizer who are about to rebrand it - oh so ethical!

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  166. Anonymous says:

    Wow, the only response that I seem to agree with here. We too are farmers, and don't see how the world thinks they will be fed unless they all go back to living on their own parcel of land and grow all their own food. This isn't 1927, or 1950.. the amount of farmers still producing food, for the rest of the world, continues to decrease. If it weren't for high yielding, better producing crops, where would these people expect to buy their cheerios, fruits and granola bars? I too believe Organic labeled food is a niche market. I'm all about 'doing it myself' - grow my own garden, raise my own beef, pork, chicken and eggs - but our crops are GMO and I'm perfectly ok with that. People have been eating GM crops for much longer then they think!

  167. R Alviano says:

    To all the anonymous people out there...if you feel that strongly about something have the balls to state your name...You alll look like idiots..the lot of you. Congrats to Peru for having the balls to stand up to a money hungry corporation like Monsanto. Cross pollenating is fine,,even if its done in a lab but crossing a plant with anything other than a plant is not natural. So the next time any of you Monsanto lackeys can show me a Salmon mating with a tomato plant then i will beleive that GMOs are a natural order of things.

    Sincerely R. Alviano of Ontario Canada.

  168. Anonymous says:

    We are not GMO, we are the result of selective breeding. Unless you mean the lizard in your family tree, that would be GM

  169. Anonymous says:

    I will look for the *grown in Peru* sticker in my grocery store.

  170. Anonymous says:

    I don't want to have all kinds of allergies; not wanting my kids and the following generations to develop strange auto-immune diseases. Therefore, I wish I could avoid all genetically modified foods!!!!

  171. Anonymous says:

    I don't know if GMO is good or bad, what I DO KNOW is: I want it labelled so I can choose, it is my right to know what's in my food.

  172. in theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.
    monsanto is responsible for: dioxin, poly chlorinated biphenols [pcb], agent orange....
    you trust them producing your food?
    the funny thing is this corn has to be highly processed into things like high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup or is ground into meal as a filler. it is otherwise not edible. the gm soy is an estrogen mimicker. it disturbs female hormone production and it feminizes men making them grow breasts.
    these gm crops, fed exclusively to rats cause a variety of problems in the first,second and third generation.
    there are so many more intelligent and thoughtful ways to produce quality food. it is a shame that farming was economically marginalized so that the brightest and the best were encouraged to leave the farm and go off to college for a substandard education to compete with tens of thousands of college grads for crappier low paying jobs with disappearing benefits. you can really tell what kind of a farmer a farmer is by looking at their library. not continuing to learn and becoming a sheeple type person will allow the kind of thinking that lures a farmer into gmo production.
    a study from germany of professionals in Berlin showed 1000 times the level of glyphosate in urine than is permissable. how much roundup do you suppose in the atmosphere after the dust bowl event in nebraska that blew out a swath of soil 500 miles wide by 1500 miles long moving enough of this contaminated soil to dig the panama canal?
    people, the fda has been corrupt from the start. they are just a whore for the corporate 1907 William C Wiley fought the chemical companies in an attempt to assure a safe supply of organic food for america . he lost in court. we lost in the long run. how do we find our way back home? how do we rout out the fascists? a revolution of ideas and anthropocentric love will do. we need to stop worshipping the corporate mantra of profit before people, before environment, before everything and take our country back. sstorch

  173. Anonymous says:

    I can't understand "scientists" and other stupid people who thinks GMO can really save lives. That's only a retardment of what is going to happen... if people don't eat, they die. But if people eat shitty food, they're going to die too. That's not a solution, and I applause Peruvians for what they chose for their country. Hope they gona fight hard to push out all there mother fuckers who whant to control the food industry for money without carrying what is happening to people.

  174. JFienix says:

    WAY TO GO PERU!!!! Very smart and so very brave & the right thing to do!!! I am so proud of these incredible people!! We can only hope other countries make the same brave & right choice! This made my day!! Way to go people & government of Peru!! Way to go!! :) You kicked the evil giant right where it counts! David beat Goliath in Peru!!

  175. Anonymous says:

    This whole concept that GMOs will feed the hungry is just propaganda put out by the biotech industry. The simple fact is that GMO crop yields are not greater than, and are often less than, conventional or organic crop yields. Increasing yields is not the point of GMO crops. The purpose is two-fold: first, to cause an increase in pesticide use (why do you think they're called "roundup ready?"), and second to gain control of the food supply. The courts have ruled that if GMO plants are found on your farm, doesn't matter how they got there (via windblown pollen for example) YOU ARE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE TO MONSANTO. The whole feed the hungry business is just a diversion to be used until there are GMOs everywhere.

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  177. Anonymous says:

    If GM crops feed the hungry, why are there still hungry people in the world 20 years after their introduction? Also, there is a huge difference between hybridization and genetically modified. I don't think that a tomato would ever cross genes with an eel in the wild.

  178. Luis says:

    The law 29811 DOES NOT ban GMO ingredients, pharmaceuticals or food (for human or animal consumption). It does ban GROWING GMO in Perú. You can easily see that in article 3 (under exclusions) of the law, available from the Peruvian Congress (in Spanish).

    More details discussing the regulations for law 29811 can be found in Perú's Ministry for the Environment (in Spanish).

  179. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you Peru for bringing this to our attention

  180. Anonymous says:

    monsanto is a monster and peru should be hailed for standing up to them. gm foods are simply a control mechanism to make independent countries dependant. causing them to turn to monsanto for seed year after year, being that none of monsanto seed produce vegetation with viable seed for replanting. in lab studies with mice sterility and cancer was a result that gm food produced; you wont see organic foods having that effect on mice. its a novel idea that monsanto is helping feed the world, but a falicy. monsanto is one of the great evils of this era.

  181. Henry Balfour says:

    In case there was any misunderstanding about the standing of the various Anon posters here who make unsupported statements that GMO is safe, feeds millions, and so on. Please be aware that the last five years has seen a substantial growth in 'image management' and 'web warfare' companies who do, really, pay per post to an army of slackers - whose job it is to populate and post on topics of interest to the people who pay for the comment. No lie. You can see this insidious creep (yep, that also refers to the "Anonymous scientist!) in web engineering in the recent scandal exposing faked friends, and followers on Twitter or Facebook. Do not expect posters on boards to be who they say they are, especially when cognitive dissonace rings from their opinions. Political groups have been doing this for years, as anyone who upsets the Zionists will know already - there is an army of pro-Zionist trolls out there who (I knows for a fact) are either voluntarily or paid to troll comment sections. No one who uses broadband common sense will accept the assertion that GMO is great, and that the purveyors of it are simply guilt-free. As has been said, all we need to do to "save the world", is to hear it crying.

  182. Anonymous says:

    Isn't it interesting that we as Canadians haven't even been allowed to have our foods in stores labeled as to whether the food contains GMO products or has been genetically modified. It is too bad that our government hasn't got the balls Peru and some European countries have regarding banning this threat to our well being. Monsanto is not interested in feeding people, on the contrary, Monsanto is only interested in feeding its own greedy hunger for money and control of the world food supply. Why else are they strong arming farmers into bankruptcy through the courts when they choose to plant non-GMO seeds? We have not been given a choice in this matter and THAT is morally and ethically wrong.

  183. Anonymous says:

    as most of us know, gmos are designed to kill us and make us steril.
    it is so obvious to those who look.
    if there is any country, that allows even just some gmos crops is in war against the people, that they serve and these people has to be put out of control by us, peacefuly of course.

  184. Anonymous says:

    gmos is away of controling the food sauce!! you control the food you control the world, let every man and woman and child save SEED Our food sauce!!!!.

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  186. Anonymous says:

    The day a multinational corporation feeds people now that would be a miracle!
    The people aren't being fed despite the millions of tons of food that gets thrown out each day world wide. There is no food shortage only a LOVE shortage
    They give them free vaccines (which make heaps of money for corporations) but no food, what sort of sick thinking is this.
    If we loved each other there would be no food shortage!

  187. MichaelB says:

    A good part of Europe does not have unmarked GMO products on shelf...BUT if those "Gate Heads" love it so much...why does'nt Monsanto serve GMO products in their cafeteria's? I know for a fact their high Mgt people have organic gardens they buy from...and massive water filters in their flouride there! Paz y Luz to Peru and all civilized nations!! March forward for the children!!

  188. Anonymous says:

    I just came back from Peru and i was very impressed with the food there and most of the restaurants specified 'organic' in the menus. I feel so sad that the US government is under the Monsanto spell and the general public is so ignorant about GMO :-(

  189. Anonymous says:

    R Alviano says:
    November 28, 2012 8:23 PM

    To all the anonymous people out there...if you feel that strongly about something have the balls to state your name...You alll look like idiots..the lot of you. Congrats to Peru for having the balls to stand up to a money hungry corporation like Monsanto. Cross pollenating is fine,,even if its done in a lab but crossing a plant with anything other than a plant is not natural. So the next time any of you Monsanto lackeys can show me a Salmon mating with a tomato plant then i will beleive that GMOs are a natural order of things.

    Sincerely R. Alviano of Ontario Canada.










  190. LIVIA says:

    I AM SO HAPPY!!!!

  191. Anonymous says:

    If Monsanto wants to feed the world than they should not patent their seeds

  192. Anonymous says:

    GM crops are mostly designed to tolerate obscene amounts of toxic chemicals, or to actually produce those chemicals within the plant itself. If the biotech giants were trying to feed the world they wouldn't finacially ruin small farmers with lawsuits. Their goal is monopoly. The world's hunger problem is a money problem, not a lack of food.

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