Tico environmentalists rally against GMOs

November 6, 2012

Environmentalist group Bloque Verde on Tuesday rallied supporters against the possible entry of genetically modified corn in Costa Rica at a protest outside the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) in western San José.

Bloque Verde noted that two companies, D&PL Semillas Ltda. and Semillas del Trópico, both owned by multinational company Monsanto, filed a request to the Phytosanitary Service, a branch of MAG, and the National Biosafety Technical Commission to grow genetically modified corn here.

D&PL hopes to plant 15 hectares of GMO corn, while Tropical Seeds requested authorization to plant 20 hectares. The varieties (MON-88017, MON-603, MON-00863-5, MON-89034), are owned by Monsanto.

Costa Rica’s Biosafety Commission has not yet discussed the request, although it is required by law to do so.

Along with raising awareness against GMOs, the group also will demonstrate against allowing Monsanto corn in the country. The Bloque Verde campaign includes a signature drive.

In the United States, California voters also will have a GMO ballot option known as Proposition 37, which would require labeling on food products that contain GMOs.

For the full story on Tuesday’s protest, follow www.ticotimes.net.

You may be interested

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week
The Alvarado Administration
87 views
The Alvarado Administration
87 views

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week

The Tico Times - May 21, 2018

Newly inaugurated Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is closing in on two weeks on the job. Here are some of…

PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa Rica
Arts & Culture
103 views
Arts & Culture
103 views

PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa Rica

Mitzi Stark - May 21, 2018

May 18 is International Museum Day, and Costa Rica celebrated with 31 mini-museums all in one at the Casa del…

Costa Rica, Panama refuse to acknowledge Venezuelan election results
Latin America
134 views
Latin America
134 views

Costa Rica, Panama refuse to acknowledge Venezuelan election results

AFP - May 21, 2018

Costa Rica and Panama were two of 14 countries in the Americas to announce they would not acknowledge the results…