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.

This is one of the main conclusions by experts who met at the 2008 Agriculture Fair held in Iowa, USA, last week.

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El Salvador: Bureaucracy Hampers GM Crops

February 2016

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.

Regular use of biotechnology in agriculture by countries in competition with El Salvador's has left Salvadoran producers, who are unable to do so, in a less competitive position.

Law Suit Stalls Cultivation of GM Seeds

February 2013

The Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica has accepted for consideration an appeal against the planting of transgenic corn for seed production and export.

While the judges of the Constitutional Court make their ruling on the appeal, the planting of transgenic corn seed for export is paralyzed, a project for which the company DPL Semillas LDT, a subsidiary of Monsanto, was authorized by the National Biosafety Technical Commission.

Absurdities of GM Crop Rejections

February 2013

The crusade against GMOs is based on misinformation that excites fear in an audience that ignores what it consumes on a daily basis.

Acceptance for study by the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica of an appeal against the cultivation of genetically modified corn seeds, once again puts the topic on the table for discussion.

Monsanto Will Not Charge Royalties for GM Seeds

January 2013

The company will stop charging for the use of first generation GM soybeans in Brazil during 2012 and 2013.

The multinational has reached an agreement with Brazilian farmers to stop charging royalties for the use of genetically modified seeds, for which it owns the patent.

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