Viva Cusco Libre de Transgenicos – Cusco, Peru Responds to the ABDC10 in Mexico
March 1st, 2010
NOTE: This Peruvian response is to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ meeting taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico (1-4 March 2010) – an international technical conference entitled “Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries (ABCD10)“.
On Thursday 25 February 2010, Peruvian indigenous organizations, local government bodies and civil society organizations in Cusco, Peru held a meeting to formulate a strategic response to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ABCD10, starting on 1 March, that will push for greater use of genetically modified organisms. A demonstration through the ancient Inca streets followed up this multi-stakeholder gathering.
The meeting produced a Declaration underlining that the FAO agenda does not represent the best approach to tackle agricultural challenges, including those brought by climate change. The President of the Government of Cusco is officially sending an Open Letter of the Peoples of Cusco to the FAO Director General, members of ABCD10 organizing committee and relevant Mexican government representatives.
For your information, please read an unofficial English version of the Cusco Declaration.
More information about the meeting and demonstration can be found at:
- Read the Open letter to the FAO (in Spanish);
- Visit the photo gallery of the event;
- Watch “Viva Cusco Libre de Transgenicos” (YouTube video) of the event.