Bolivia to speed up evaluation of GM crops
May. 14, 2020
Supreme Decree 4232 states that the National Biosafety Committee will establish an abbreviated evaluation procedure for the said GM crops to address the country's internal food supply as well as agricultural products for export. The Committee was given 10 days to come up with the shortened evaluation procedure. The decree also states that during the evaluation, the Ministries of Environment and Water, and of Rural Development and Lands will consider the actions and measures taken by Bolivia's neighboring countries when developing agricultural and food products using the GM technology.
Bolivia's Association of Oilseed and Wheat Producers, or ANAPO, welcomed the decree saying that it will allow small producers to improve their production and become more competitive amidst the challenges caused by climate change. Their official statement emphasized that the Committee's actions will provide farmers access to crop biotechnology to ensure continuous crop production and achieve food security especially in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.
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