Signatures sought to demand labeling for genetically modified products

Foes of genetically modified crops are now seeking government action to have products labeled as such.

The statement came Monday from the Red de Coordinación en Biodiversidad. The statement claims that individuals were putting at risk their children or animals by feeding them products containing genetically modified ingredients.

The organization asked that action be taken by the Ministerio de Economía, Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería and the Ministerio de Salud as well as President Luis Guillermo Solís.

This is a new proposal in the long-running effort to ban genetically modified crops in Costa Rica.

A.M. Costa Rica published an article Monday that said that Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms has become so widespread, despite positive contributions such crops have made to sustainable agriculture.

The newspaper also has reported on what appears to be genetical modification of some plant species by nature. A bacterium has entered some crops, in this case, sweet potatoes, and joined its genetic structure with that of the crop.
Another recent article suggested that humans also have been genetically modified.

The Belgian researcher said that contributing to this public opposition, the researchers suspect, is a lack of scientific understanding of genetics as well as moral objections to scientists playing God.

The message from opponents said that the state had a duty to protect the health and life of consumers and guarantee clear and complete information. The statement appears to be preparation for a Sala IV appeal.

The opponents note that 60 countries around the world have ordered labeling for products containing genetically modified organisms. The organization said it would begin collecting signatures in an effort to cause President Luis Guillermo Solís to live up to his campaign promise on genetically modified organisms

Nearly all imported snack foods containing corn probably would require labeling under the proposal. Most of the corn in the United States has genetically modified genes.

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