Ecuador: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   EC2022-0014

The legal and regulatory situation to allow the planting of genetically engineered (GE) crops in Ecuador remains relatively the same as 2021. Commercial cultivation of GE crops is not permitted, however cultivation for research is allowed and an exception exists for GE products without recombinant or foreign DNA in the genome. A ruling by Ecuador’s Constitutional Court in early 2022 now makes it more difficult for the President to authorize exceptions to the GE ban. Ecuador has yet to formalize the National Biosafety Committee, which would review priorities for research.

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