Brazil to reconsider GMO Corn

SAO PAULO: Brazil's government is reconsidering  regulations regarding GMOs to allow entry of more transgenic varieties from the US, according to the Agriculture Ministry. The imported GMO corn would be used for animal feed.
SAO PAULO: Brazil’s government is reconsidering regulations regarding GMOs to allow entry of more transgenic varieties from the US, according to the Agriculture Ministry.┬áThe imported GMO corn would be used for animal feed.

Brazil has in the past had its ups and downs with GMO corn. In 2014, Bt corn failed to stop the insects that it was designed to repel due to mutation of the pests themselves. There is some controversy over what caused this (seed producers say instructions were not followed correctly regarding growing some non-GMO alongside the GMO variety), but the bottom line is that there is considerable resistance to Bt corn. That said, recent shortages have Brazil rethinking at least the import of Bt corn. The CTNBio, the country’s┬áNational Biosafety Technical Commission will meet on September 1 to decide whether to allow imports. The impetus for this decision is the shortage of feed for Brazil’s meat industry. Pork and poultry producers have had to resort to wheat as a substitute feed in recent months. Read the USDA GAIN report that says Brazil may run out of corn supplies in 2017 without importing GMO varieties.

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