Earlier today a topic came up in the comment stream on another post and then also on our Facebook page: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ecuador.
Living in Ecuador for more than 3 years has blinded us to certain topics that are on everyone’s minds back home (both in Canada and the United States). While I remember the controversy and discussion when we lived in Canada (especially about labeling) I haven’t thought about that for more than 3 years.
Well, as it turns out, GMOs are on the minds of both current and future expats. And at least for now, Ecuador has much less exposure to GM foods than many other countries.
I did a little reading, and found that in the 2008 adjustment to the constitution GMOs were banned in Ecuador. In an August 2012 interview, the president is cited as noting regret for including the ban in the constitution. I haven’t seen or read the interview – but read a cited source.
I’m publishing this post as a way to learn more: both about the risks/benefits of GMOs and what Ecuador’s position really is.
Just an hour ago, I published a question on Facebook and it has since generated 16 comments, 18 likes and has been seen by 500 people. All in just one hour! So lots of people are interested in this topic.
So – I hope you can help me out:
What do you know about GMOs and the current situation in Ecuador? I hope you’ll share your concerns and research in the comments below.