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Top Mexican chefs take stand against GM corn

Top Mexican chefs urged the president Wednesday to join them in their staunch opposition to genetically modified corn in a country where age-old grains are cherished traditions.

Cultivating pura vida: Cartago launches festival to promote organic agriculture

Fans of organic food rejoice, Cartago will host the first-ever Cultivating Pura Vida Festival this weekend to promote organic and GMO-free produce.

Are bees getting hooked on pesticides?

A new study found that not only did bees show no signs of avoiding neonicotinoid-laced food in lab tests, they seemed to prefer it.

Lawmakers begin discussions on bill that would place a moratorium on GMO crop production in Costa Rica

The bill calls for a moratorium on GMOs “to be maintained across the country until there is certainty and scientific consensus on the risks involved.”

Following court ruling, anti-GMO activists ask for map of transgenic farms

Since genetically modified crops first came to Costa Rica in 1991, the locations of farms have been kept under wraps. But a new ruling from Costa Rica's Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court will now require that type of information to be made public.

Costa Rican court hands GMO opponents a victory by declaring permitting process unconstitutional

In a ruling Thursday lauded by Costa Rica's anti-GMO activists, the country's Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck down the government's regulatory framework on genetically modified organisms, declaring the process of approval for GMO projects unconstitutional.

Genetically modified coffee could be just around the corner

A consortium of scientists announced Thursday in Science that they've sequenced the coffee genome for the first time. By determining all of the genes that make up robusta coffee, a plant variety that accounts for about one-third of the world's consumption, they've opened the door to better breeding practices and even genetic engineering.

Awaiting a court decision, anti-GMO activists gain symbolic ground

Awaiting a decision on legal reforms from the courts, anti-GMO activists in Costa Rica have taken the fight over transgenic crops to a grassroots level. The latest symbolic victory for those opposed to genetically modified organisms happened on July 25, when President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree naming native corn as cultural heritage, a designation managed by the Culture Ministry.

What you need to know about GMOs in Costa Rica

Many Costa Ricans oppose allowing genetically modified food crops to grow in their country, but a staggering three out of four Ticos say they’re not sure what GMOs are. Here are some answers.

Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office files complaint against GM corn

The legal action claims genetically modified crops have implications in human life.

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