US Chief Agricultural Negotiator Lobbies Costa Rica over Proposed GM Crops Ban

Posted on Jun 22 2015 - 1:13pm by Sustainable Pulse

Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, has sent a letter to the Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora, expressing concerns with Costa Rica’s democratically proposed 15-year ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops (GM crops) in the country.

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In the letter published in early June by La Nacion newspaper Vetter states;

“I am writing to raise a serious matter for your urgent attention regarding efforts in Costa Rica to impose a moratorium on cultivation of agricultural biotechnology products.

“I understand the Costa Rican government has stressed the importance of new technologies to the productivity and competitiveness of Costa Rican farmers.  Genetically engineered crops have created economic and environmental benefits, allowing farmers to use fewer and safer pesticides while improving crop yield, and increasing farmer income.  There is a successful track record in Costa Rica of production of genetically engineered seed, and Costa Rican researchers are working on the development of several genetically engineered products to address agricultural challenges in Costa Rica.

“I was therefore surprised and disappointed to learn about efforts within your government, I believe at the Agriculture Ministry, to impose a moratorium on cultivation of agricultural biotechnology products, including as proposed through the draft law 19477.

“I request your assistance in raising this issue within the Costa Rica government for consideration of the severe potential negative impact of this proposed moratorium, including on science-based decision-making, innovation and investment in Costa Rica as well [as] the close partnership between our two countries through the CAFTA-DR.”

If you would like to voice your opinion about this letter you can do so by contacting Ms. Darci Vetter at the USTR Agricultural Affairs department: (+1) 202-395-6127 or by e-mail: correspondence@ustr.eop.gov .

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  1. Robert Johnson June 23, 2015 at 14:26 - Reply

    my letter,
    Dear Ms. Darci Vetter,

    I am writing to raise a serious matter for your urgent attention regarding efforts in Costa Rica to impose a moratorium on cultivation of agricultural biotechnology products.
    I understand the Costa Rican government has stressed the importance of new technologies to the productivity and competitiveness of Costa Rican farmers. Genetically engineered crops have not been proven to create better yields or more nutritious products. Environmental concerns over genetically engineered crops grow grimmer daily with our ever decreasing bee population. With East Indian farmers committing suicide in epidemic numbers due to losing everything after switching to GMO seeds. It is their only chance to no let their families starve through death benefits to the families.
    German and French researchers have attributed the mass death of our pollinators to BT or other systemic pesticides. We have got to call off our chemical warfare on nature. Overuse of deadly chemical herbicides and pesticides are killing the foundation of growing food, the soil and the microbial life that is supposed to live there in abundance.
    I was therefore surprised and disappointed to learn about efforts within our government to impose your beliefs and leverage your influence in support of Multinational Chemical companies, rather than supporting the wishes of the American People. We are sick of being forced by our government to have P.O.O.P (Poison On Our Plates) forced on us.
    I request your assistance in raising this issue within our government chambers in DC. Let’s fix the problems here at home without meddling with the laws or policies in other countries. What you call science-based decision-making could be rephrased at ‘science centric’, excluding all other options for profit.
    Robert Johnson
    Pcbn2u@bellsouth.net
    “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
    Thomas Jefferson

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