According to Sustainable Pulse, Kyrgyzstan has become one of the first countries in the world to ban the cultivation of GM crops alongside the import and sale of all GMO products.
The Kyrgyz Members of Parliament approved the third reading of the bill “On the prohibition of cultivation, production, import and sale in Kyrgyzstan of products containing GMOs.”
It was reported that following the adoption of the law there is set to be a GMO-testing laboratory built before 2015, where not only food coming from abroad but also food grown in the country will be checked for GMO contamination. The Ministry of Economy noted that to prohibit the importation of GMO products on the ground will be difficult but possible.
The final bill has now been sent to President Almazbek Atambayev for his signature.
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Before residents in southern Oregon overwhelmingly voted to ban genetically modified crops last month, farmers negotiated for months with a biotech company that grows engineered sugar beets near their fields.
Their goal was to set up a system to peacefully coexist, an online mapping database of fields to help growers minimize cross-pollination between engineered and non-engineered crops. But the effort between farmers and Swiss company Syngenta failed, leading to the ban.
Last October, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber directed the state’s Department of Agriculture to undertake something far more ambitious than that failed mapping effort — map GMO field locations across the entire state and establish buffer zones and exclusion areas for GE crops.
The move was spurred by several instances of genetic contamination in the region that rendered non-engineered crops unsellable on the export market.
If the mapping goes ahead, Oregon would be the first state to map fields and mandate preventive measures for modified crops. Advocates say Oregon could become a model for the rest of the nation.
Learn more: http://www.newsdaily.com/article/c862bdc307591b9180ebd75518cea4c9/oregon-hopes-to-be-first-state-to-map-gmo-fields
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