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TITLE:  Bolivian Government authorities authorize GM Soybean
        sent by the Solidarity Campaign for Food Safety, Bolivia
DATE:   June 2005

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Bolivian Government authorities authorize GM Soybean

Turning the recent Bolivian political crisis into a convenient
distraction, the former president Carlos Mesa1s administration authorized
the use of GM Soybean as a proper culmination of its office days.

This has occurred when the indigenous and peasant organizations, the most
threatened by this decree, had focused all their attention on the
struggle for sovereignty over their energy resources.

The Executive1s approval has taken place despite the "Communication
Minute" addressed by the Chamber of Representatives to the President and
Ministry of Sustainable Development and Environment, recommending the
banning of introduction and use of GM Soybean seed, and providing clear
instructions for the Executive's definite suspension of any approval
requests for the introduction of any food and plant GM seeds.

Conversely the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee of the
Chamber of Senators has presented an Annulment Resolution for the
administrative resolution, and an Administrative Resolution to avoid the
consolidation of Multinational MONSANTO's business, which profits from
collecting royalties and patents from producers using GM Soybean, Event 40-3-2

Facing such a threat to the country's food security, also a threat to
people's health and environment, the organizations in the "Unity Pact"
reject and demand from the Honorable Bolivian Congress the annulment and
derogatory of the Administrative Resolution that allowed the entrance of
RR Soybean in Bolivia, for being an anti-peasant resolution, and a threat
to biodiversity and consumers' health.

With the new government, the environmental movement is hopping that some
changes can take place in the country in relation with the authorization
of the RR soy.


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