Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office files complaint against GM corn
Costa Rica’s Ombudsman’s Office on Wednesday filed a legal action challenging the constitutionality of permission granted to a Monsanto subsidiary to grow genetically modified corn in the country.
In January, the subsidiary of multinational biotechnology company Monsanto received permission to grow GM corn in a decision that was highly criticized by environmental groups.
The Ombudsman’s Office said in a press release that “growing GMOs has environmental, social, cultural and economic implications for human life.”
The office also noted that Costa Rica’s legislation states that an environmental impact study is mandatory in this case to ensure that growing GM corn will not cause any damage to the environment and to public health.
The complaint also urges the modification of several articles of the country’s Phytosanitary Law that allowed the entry of GMOs into Costa Rica.
The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court will have to decide wheter the legal action proceeds or if it is dismissed.
You may be interested
Soccer Saturday: Navas makes impressive save vs. Nantes; Herediano takes lead in Costa Rican finalAlejandro Zúñiga - December 7, 2019
It has been at least a week since we shared a Keylor Navas highlight, and we're here to rectify that…
Wind and rain prompt yellow, green alerts throughout Costa RicaThe Tico Times - December 6, 2019
The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Friday issued yellow and green alerts throughout most of Costa Rica due to rains…
Condor will fly nonstop between Frankfurt and Costa Rica next yearAlejandro Zúñiga - December 6, 2019
German leisure airline Condor will fly non-stop between Frankfurt and Costa Rica beginning next year, the Costa Rican Tourism Board…