Monsanto, the leading producer of GMO seeds, has made its way into Costa Rica, but local residents, environmental groups, lawmakers, and community organizations are trying to fight against them. They are campaigning for the passage of a new bill that would place a moratorium on GMO crop sat on national level. If passed, the bill would make Costa Rica a 100% GMO-free country.
As of now, 63 out of 81 cantons or local authorities in Costa Rica have declared themselves GMO free. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, has recently passed a motion that prohibits GMO food sales and consumption in addition to GMO crops from the region. The latest GMO free cantons are Vazquez de Coronado and Zarcero. These two regions are known for their quality dairy production and their agricultural output. All together it took the Environmental Commission six month in Coronado to join the other 62 cantons in Costa Rica that have become transgenic free territories by means of municipal codes. These measures are often taken to fight against companies such as Monasanto. The company was recently found playing a corporate shell game to surreptitiously introduce GMO seeds in Costa Rica, but the Constitutional Chamber is currently reviewing that incident.
Environmental activists in Costa Rica are often attending cantonal meetings while GMO free proposals are being considered to ensure that everything is going on correctly. A six-month period of research and evaluation such as the one undertaken in Coronado is the norm. The proposals often call for implementation and outreach programs to teach farmers and people about the potential damage that certain GMOs can cause to the soil and ecosystems. Recently published articles tell about other regions that are fighting the potential dangers of GMO seeds: The world-famous City of Las Vegas and the venerable Republic of India.