Nuestro 2º Seminario de Etiquetado de Alimentos de Origen Transgénico por Slow food.
The second national seminar on the labeling of genetically modified (GM)
foods was organized by Slow Food in Uruguay from July 27 to August 2,
as part of a national campaign for compulsory labeling of the escalating
number of GM foods on supermarket shelves.
The event was organized by the Slow Food Canario Convivium together with
the Montevideo Rural and Punta del Diablo Convivia. In addition to
lobbying for transparent traceability of GM products, they are working
in support of a new law that would ban the cultivation, including
experimental open-air plantings, of genetically modified soya and corn.
“We are consuming GM foods everyday - nearly all soybeans and 80% of
corn found in Uruguay are GM – and without a compulsory labeling system,
we are robbed of a choice,” said Laura Rosano leader of Slow Food
Canario and chef known for her regional cuisine.“ We are feeding our
babies maize porridge and turning our population into a giant health
About 100 participants joined the event, which presented recent research
from the region on the right to information and GM production.
Argentinean lawyer and environmental journalist Dr. Graciela Cristina
Gomez presented her paper "Information Protection and Fair Competition";
Carlos Pereyra, director of the Consumer Association discussed his
"Information and the Controlled Citizen"; and Adriana Cauci from the
School of Nutrition spoke about her research into "Labeling and
Citizenship in Childhood".
Catering during the event offered an opportunity to showcase and taste
the products of producers and farmers from the Slow Food network,
including those who will participate in Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre
2012 this October in Italy: Sabores Canario, Aida Sur and Conservas del
Este. Their local specialties included vegetable pâtés, local spirits,
jam made with the native palm fruit butiá, and gofio, a flour made by stone-grinding toasted creole (criollo) corn kernels.