GMO Soybean Found Illegally Growing in Northern Belize Just Months After GMO Awareness Campaign.
A press release issued by the Government of Belize on June 7, 2013 announced that GMO soybeans had been found growing in Northern Belize, though it is currently illegal to import GMO seeds into Belize. This announcement ironically follows a recent month-long educational campaign designed to inform Belizeans about the many dangers of GMOs.
GMO Awareness Month was conducted in response to a recent push by the newly-formed Belize Grain Growers Association to gain Government approval for the importation of GMO corn seed. This GMO v.s. NON-GMO conflict pits the Mennonite and other commercial grain farmers against the cultural natives, the Maya, who first brought corn to the world. Throughout the entire month of March, members of the social network Facebook group Belizeans Against GMOs (BAGMO), now numbering over 1,700, orchestrated a GMO educational campaign which included weekly full-page educational advertorials and letters-to-the-editor in the national Amandala newspaper. (These can be reviewed at: (http://www.belizeansagainstgmo.info/index.html). BAGMO members not only appeared on Belizean TV/radio talk shows but they also promoted a GMO writing contest with cash prizes for students in secondary schools throughout Belize.