15 December 2015
Law bans GMOs,
aims to ensure food security
Venezuela's National Assembly has approved a draft Seed Law, which
provides that the state shall promote sustainable agriculture as the
strategic basis for food security.
The rule seeks to consolidate national food sovereignty, regulate
the production of hybrid seed, and reject the production,
distribution, and import
of GM seeds.
The new law has taken years of collective grassroots effort to
construct and has been through a public consultation. The law
proposes the creation of a national seed institution, which will
audit and control the seed supply in order to prevent, identify, and
punish violations of the GMO ban.
The new institution will protect peasant seed, which has long formed
part of the culture of the people and which is the product of