Guatemala getting left behind when it comes to use of biotechnology
Lack of complete legislation that allows testing, planting and harvesting of genetically modified products is blocking investment in the sector.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Guatemala is being left behind in comparison to its Central American neighbors in the use of biotechnology to improve cultivation and harvesting and runs the risk that multimillion dollar investments, like that of the Mosanto multinational company, will not be carried out in the short-term.
Although there is a law that authorizes cultivation of genetically modified seeds in the country, lack of regulations prevents them from being used, at a time when drought is overwhelming agricultural productivity.
The Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica has accepted for consideration an appeal against the planting of transgenic corn for seed production and export.
The crusade against GMOs is based on misinformation that excites fear in an audience that ignores what it consumes on a daily basis.
The company will stop charging for the use of first generation GM soybeans in Brazil during 2012 and 2013.
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