Ecuador Food Sovereignty Under Threat
In 2008, Ecuador’s Constitution uniquely declared the country “Free of Transgenic Seeds and Crops”. This bold move set Ecuador apart as a leader in supporting food sovereignty and effective, farmer-centered agricultural strategies designed to help local farmers maintain and improve their sustainable livelihoods by having the choice to continue using their own native seeds.
However, this policy is now under fire. A new law that would allow transgenic seeds and crops to enter Ecuador for research purposes is making its way through the legislative system. While the bill as written would only open the door for research purposes, this “experimentation” clearly violates the country’s constitutional ban on transgenic seeds and is a slippery slope that we fear will lead to broader introduction of genetically modified seeds and crops – taking food sovereignty out of the hands of farmers.
The law has passed through committee and will be taken to a vote before the National Assembly very shortly. We need you to stand with local Ecuadorian farmers and support their right to continue using their own seeds without interference from global GMO seed producers. Join us in calling on the President of the National Assembly and the President of the Commission on Food Sovereignty to keep this dangerous bill from becoming law.
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