Uruguay


Concern over potential authorization of GM wheat in Uruguay

Transgenic event HB4-PAT was already rejected in Brazil and Argentina despite pressure exerted by biotechnology companies

As the National Biosafety System and the National Seeds Institute (INASE) of Uruguay announced they will carry out a public consultation to authorize transgenic wheat event HB4-PAT for research and cultivation assays, environmental organizations such as REDES – Friends of the Earth Uruguay and the National Native Seed Network expressed  … Read more

8th National Native Seed Festival in Uruguay

700 people are expected to participate: the National Agroecology Law and the work with CLOC - Vía Campesina will be the main focus

The National Network of Native Seeds of Uruguay, REDES – Friends of the Earth Uruguay and the Agronomy School of the University of the Republic of that country are organizing this Saturday and Sunday the 8th National Native Seed and Family Farming Festival. This time it will be held in  … Read more

Relatives of people disappeared by the dictatorship in Uruguay launch software to recover military files

Interview with Nilo Patiño, member of Mothers and Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared

“We want to have a basis of information about the recent past without intermediaries”, said Patiño about LUISA* (Spanish acronym for Reading Together to Interpret Files), a software that aims to voluntarily recover the illegible texts of the files created by the military intelligence during the Uruguayan civic-military dictatorship (1973-1985).  … Read more

Unanimous vote

Uruguay: National Agroecology Plan passed by Senate

The Agroecology promotion bill, drafted by organizations linked to food sovereignty, academics and groups focused on agroecological production for over 40 years, seems to have united all parties of the Uruguayan Senate, which passed the bill unanimously on Tuesday. All senators voted in favor of the bill that was the  … Read more

Drop by drop

Uruguay: signatures collected to repeal irrigation law

In 2004, Uruguay was the first country that enshrined the access to drinking water as a human right and a common good, not a commodity, in its Constitution. The irrigation law passed by the Parliament in 2017 authorizes private companies to bottle and sell water, that is, against what is  … Read more

A question of life or death

Binding Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights: “the spirit is to stop corporate impunity”

Activist Alejandra Porras, of COECOCEIBA – Friends of the Earth Costa Rica, said on Thursday in Geneva, at the UN headquarters in that city, that in Latin America there is “a wave of international treaties that confer many benefits to companies, and this gives way to looting, criminalization and prosecution  … Read more