CHE Environmental Colloquium: David Greenwood-Sanchez – Genetically Modified Crops, Markets, and National Identities in Mexico and Peru

November 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online (Zoom)

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David Greenwood-SanchezThe promotion of genetically-modified (GM) crops has been met with resistance across the world, and in particular, within megadiverse countries where risks to biodiversity are more salient. This presentation will explore the formation of GM crop regulatory policy in Mexico and Peru, two megadiverse countries that have adopted differing approaches: Mexico has held a regulatory framework for GM crops since 2005, while Peru has opted for a 10-year legislative moratorium which has been in place since 2011 (and which is currently up for extension).

Using interviews, debate records, and newspapers, this colloquium will explore the origins of both of these outcomes, and focus on the ways in which civil society actors construct the issue of GM crops in relation to national identity. This will help provide new ways for thinking about how the political economy of GM crops is linked with presentations of national identity, and the ways in which these understandings of identity delimit the spaces in which genetic modification is, or is not, permitted.

Sign in Spanish that reads, "Lavado de papas nativas por la dignidad del Peru. No al ingreso de semillas transgenicas."

Farming in a mountainous region of Peru