On January 6, 2021, the Peruvian Congress enacted a moratorium law prohibiting the entry and production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) within its borders for the next 15 years.
Following an extensive campaign that mobilised farmers, citizens and more than 30 organisations under the banner “Biodiversity is our Identity: United for a GMO-free Peru”, the country renewed its ban until December 21st, 2035.
Luis Gomero Osorio, president of the Consorcio Agroecológico Peruano which initiated the campaign, reacted: “It is now time to start working in a coordinated and participatory way to make this law an instrument for the sustainable management of resources and agrobiodiversity, so that we can all benefit—especially the small and medium producers who have historically been the ones who conserved these resources which are of great value and are the capital support that we have as a country.”
IFOAM - Organics International contacted Dr. Hans Herren, President and CEO of the Millenium Institute, co-Founder and President at Biovision and IFOAM World Board Member, to address (former) President Martín Vizcarra as discussions on the GMO Moratorium were taking place. This was his message: