They presented arguments and scientific studies for a #PanSinVeneno

The #PanSinVeneno citizen campaign, which rejects the in-consultation approval of HB4 Transgenic Wheat, had a meeting on Monday with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. During the meeting, they presented arguments and scientific studies to support their demand to repeal MAG resolution No. 556/2023 that approves the commercial release of the aforementioned transgenic.

Lis García, Bernarda Pesoa and Alejandro Servián were the key people in the campaign that led to a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG), led by the Vice-Minister of Agriculture Victor Coronel. During the hearing, officials expressed their commitment to closely examine the arguments and scientific studies presented by the #PanSinVeneno campaign. In addition, they mentioned the possibility of establishing a working group to address this specific problem.

"The vice minister pointed out that if there was even a possibility that the HB4 transgenic wheat would cause some harm to the population, he would revoke the resolution, well, we presented 76 scientific studies that demonstrate the damage caused by this transgenic wheat and the use of the agrotoxic glufosinate ammonium, Therefore, we believe that the release of transgenic wheat should be reversed now.” declared Alejandro Servian, chef and owner of a gastronomic enterprise, who served as spokesperson for the campaign.

#PanSinVeneno Campaign

The #PanSinVeneno Campaign has the support of approximately 40 gastronomic enterprises, as well as peasant and citizen organizations. These entities denounce that the approval of the release of Transgenic HB4 Wheat was carried out without any type of public debate and independent scientific studies that would allow certainty about the safety of said genetically modified organism. The release of this genetically modified organism has generated controversy due to secrecy and lack of scientific information. Many critics consider this action to be undemocratic and endanger biosecurity.

Those responsible for the campaign have reported that they have obtained more than 6.000 signatures of support from people who reject the approval of HB4 Wheat without prior consultation. They also invited all citizens to inform themselves on the social networks of the campaign @pansinveneno and adding their signature at any of the collection points.

"The broad citizen mobilization of this campaign is based on the fact that wheat constitutes one of the bases of nutrition in Paraguayan territory. Therefore, the entire population could be affected through direct consumption of foods produced with this GMO.” indicate the references of the articulation. They also add that the “Concern is related to one of the characteristics of this genetically modified organism: tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium. This would mean an increase in the use of this pesticide, considered highly dangerous."

After the hearing and the press conference, citizens delivered bread made by bakers to both the Ministry officials and the members of the National Police who were guarding the building and indicated that they hope these are not the last loaves. without poison that Paraguayans consume.

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