Peru has passed a law that prohibits genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from being imported, produced or used anywhere within the country for the next 10 years. The law, which was approved by President Ollanta Humala last year and took effect last week, is aimed at preserving Peru’s agricultural diversity, preventing cross-pollination and supporting local farmers. According to news sources, GMOs threaten the country’s heritage plant species, including several varieties of colorful corn, which are becoming increasingly popular export commodities. Violating the law will result in a maximum fine of 10,000 UIT tax units, which is about 36.5 million soles ($14 million). The goods can also be seized and destroyed. See Andean Air Mail & Peruvian Times, November 17, 2012.