The municipality of Alajuelita, on the south side of San José, has declared itself “transgenic” free, prohibiting the cultivation of potentially dangerous genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

69 cantons across Costa Rica have made a similar declaration, leaving only 12 not having done so.

Environmentalists had proposed to end 2013 with 70 municipalities free of transgenic crops. Environmental activists in Costa Rica often sit in the cantonal meetings while transgenic-free proposals are being considered; this is to ensure that no foul play takes place.

Similar projects are taking root across Latin America.