Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Venezuela goes for law against transgenic seeds

Venezuela goes for law against transgenic seeds
June 1, 2013 | Global Justice Ecology Project

Venezuela is going forward in the defintive elaboration and approval for a law guaranteeing security and sovereignty against the threat of transgenic seeds, said Socialist Party deputy Alfredo Urena.

Urena said in an interview to Venezolana Television how important this is for preserving the biological diversity of the nation and food sovereignty, since the transgenic seed market is under the monopoly of a few transationals, such as renowned enterprise Monsanto.

The new legislation would protect small and medium producers, favour the use of seeds for the environment and human health, and the creation of an institution working on the topic, he said.

Urena said the law project -included last year in the parliamentary agenda- should be in general discussion next month, and includes the foundation of a National Seed Institute that legalizes and certifies agricultural production in the country.

He said legal regulations against transgenic seeds and technological packages are needed and that the project will later be presented for debate by the social movements of Venezuela, farmers and even producers supporting the use of transgenic seeds.

Urena, however, said that the great development of agricultural production by the use of transgenic seeds in member countries of the South Common Market (MERCOSUR) such as Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, is now a reality and offers an alternative.

Professor Olga Domenech, coordinator of the National Plan of the Agro Ecology Formation Program of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela, said that the use of transgenics not only damages the environment, but also contaminates local varieties of crops and human beings.

The specialist -who is participating in developing the law- said that professionals for a transition to agro-ecology are being trained.

The law should include the vision of farmers, producers and customers, said Domenech finally.

Source:  Prensa Latina

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