WHY PERU IS DEFENDING THE INTERESTS OF THE GRAIN TRADE INDUSTRY IN THESE NEGOTIATIONS?
During the whole week the Peruvian delegations has being opposing the implementation of an adequate documentation and segregation system in the Cartagena Protocol.
Peru is not a grain exporter. On the contrary, it is a grain importer.
If the grains imported by Peru enter into the country without a proper identification, huge amount of GMOs can the introduced into the food chain, affecting the health of the Peruvian people and their biodiversity.
Peru is one of richest countries in the world in term of agricultural biodiversity. It is a centre of origin of very important crops like potatoes, cotton, tomatoes and others. This country is also centre of diversity o corn.
Therefore the solutions of any agronomic problem faced by the farmers in Peru can be found in its biodiversity.
Peru does not need genetic engineering.
Which interests are defending the Peruvian delegation in these negotiations?
No the interests of Peru, neither of their people or their biodiversity.
The behaviour of the delegations seems to show that there are industry´s interests behind. And not even the interests of the Peruvian industry, since there is not a biotech sector in this country.
Is this delegation willing to sell out their country in order to satisfy the ambition of a group of biotech consultants serving the interests of the multinational corporations?
They still have time to change their position to show which interests are defending: Their people or the corporations.
Curitiba, 18 March 2006