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Bolivia Passes Law To Ban GMO’s | THE JEENYUS CORNER

Pachamama Law enacted and GMO ban in Bolivia.

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Tawantinsuyu, Bolivia-Law abolished the large estates and the transgenic grain. (16oct12-Henrry A. Ugarte-eldeber.com.bo-ayi) President Evo Morales enacted Law of Mother Earth and Integral Development to Live Well. Created the Public Defender System and sectors are surprised

President Evo Morales yesterday issued Law of Mother Earth, was an emotional ceremony at the Palacio Quemado

The Law of Mother Earth and Integral Development to Live Well, promulgated by the State President, Evo Morales, provides for the elimination of the concentration of landownership or landlordism and other components in the hands of landowners and companies, and prohibits the introduction, production, use, and release to the commercialization of genetically modified seeds in the country.

In her most outstanding new rule also created the Public Defender System, Climate Justice Fund, which provides that public lands should be distributed mostly women and indigenous peoples, and orders regulating foreign ownership and control of the property, access and use of the components of Mother Earth.

At the time of the enactment, Morales said that the legislation allows for the exploitation of natural resources without damaging the environment. “If there is no life or nature humanity and our proposal with this law is rather how to live in harmony and complementarity (with Mother Earth),” he said.

The president also mentioned that the accumulation of wealth is a factor that “destroys nature,” asked why people do not think of accumulating assets to secure their old age.

He noted that to avoid this fear the government must ensure a good income dignity. “The task now is to implement the law, mainly the issue of mining,” he said.

For his part, Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said: “If you have to produce, to produce, if you get some ore has to be done, but finding the balance between meeting the needs and care of Mother Earth.”

With surprise and also with ignorance of the content of the new law leaders yesterday reacted productive sectors.

Demetrio Perez, head of the National Association of Wheat Growers and Oilseeds (ANAP), said he was unaware the general scope of the new standard, but addressed the issue of the ban on GM lamenting the government to hinder the development of production.

But Perez believes that a lot can change around this rule, especially when entering the phase where regulation will necessarily involve all the sectors involved. “If we continue to think so, prohibiting the development, we will lose ground and end up depending on other countries that are advocating for their development, there is the case of Paraguay, that their production is growing thanks to GM,” he said.

Meanwhile, the president of the Eastern Agricultural Chamber (CAO), JulioRoda, apologized saying ignore the new law and to be returning from a trip.

The president of the Confederation of Livestock Bolivia (CONGABOL), Mario Hurtado, simply noted that it had taken an important step in the elimination of more instructive to expropriate land to 5,000 hectares by the INRA, but with this new law uncertainty can return.

Suggestive of the standard points.

Sacred. The law considers Mother Earth “sacred” and a dynamic living system composed of indivisible community of all living systems and living beings with a common destiny.

Control. Protecting their rights should be in charge of the Defense of Mother Earth, the prosecution, the Court Agroambiental and all authorities, according to the rule, but not when work is detailed from the first institution.

Justice. The standard also includes the concept of “climate justice” to recognize the right to claim a comprehensive development of the Bolivian people and those affected by climate change.

Resources. It also creates the Plurinational Fund of Mother Earth and a Climate Justice to obtain and administer state and foreign financial resources in order to promote actions to mitigate climate change.

Distribution. It also states that the lands shall be endowed, distributed and redistributed equitably with priority to women, peasant indigenous peoples, Afro-Bolivian communities intercultural and that do not possess.

Regulation. The rule also establishes the regulation and control of foreign ownership in the property, access and use of the components of the Earth Mother and economic activities such as mining and oil fall within the principles of this standard. There will be 120 days for its regulation.

Measures to ensure food.

Productive Revolution law, provision of seeds, agricultural insurance and Agroambiental Observatory is part of the measures promoted by the government to ensure food security in the country, according to the representative of the Vice Ministry of Rural Development, Armando Sanchez.

He highlighted the support given to the productive sector of the country to strengthen and increase the production of agricultural products.

It also explained that the Government since it was announced the treatment of Productive Revolution Act supports small farmers and rural producers’ organizations with the implementation of several projects.

One of them said it is implementing a strategic business of seeds, which will assist in the production of quality seeds, and produce fertilizers and organic fertilizers.

For its part, the National Agricultural Insurance prioritize, in case of natural disasters, the attention of small producers who have recurring problems with adverse weather conditions. In the case of agri-environmental observatory, will provide primary information regarding the area of production, costs and demands.

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