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Bolivia switches on modified foods ban

Published on June 7, 2011 3:01AM

Last changed on June 7, 2011 10:38AM

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- A leading champion of the battle against genetically modified food is switching sides.

The government of Bolivian President Evo Morales confirms it has sent Congress a measure to ease the use of genetically modified foods.

Until now, genetically modified seeds were allowed only for some export-oriented soy crops. Cabinet Minister Carlos Romero now says the law "will be broadened to other products." The idea is to increase food production. He spoke Sunday.

The crops cannot be used until a committee determines the crops don't harm health or the environment.

For years, Morales has been a critic of GM foods, saying they harm the earth and require harmful chemicals. He suggested last year they might contribute to baldness.


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