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October 4th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Community organizations, environmentalists and lawmakers are making a renewed push for a nationwide moratorium on genetically modified crops in a new bill.
After an intense push on the grassroots level, which resulted in some 80% of the country declaring itself “GMO-free,” activists are re-launching their campaign for a moratorium on a national level, which was to be presented as a bill to legislatures yesterday, with the blessing of Citizen Action Party lawmakers and Jose Maria Villalta of the Frente Amplio.
A sustained effort by several environmental groups, including the Green Block and the Environmental Federation led to 63 of 81 contons throughout the country declaring themselves “GMO-free” in 2012 and 2013.
Mauricio Alvarez of the Environmental Federation believes this shows the degree of consensus in the country to reject such crops.