The agricultural chambers in the region are preparing law proposals to be presented in the Central American countries to remove the restrictions on growing GM foods.
Representatives from FECAGRO said the use of agricultural biotechnology allows for improved technology that enables high productivity seeds, reduces agrochemical use, creates more drought-resistant crops that can also be irrigated with salt water and are completely safe for human consumption.
Small and medium Chilean companies trying to enter the Central American market this year, through lines of copper-based creams sun blocks, physical rehabilitation equipment, electro-stimulation systems and radiological shielding.
Soybeans, corn and cotton are the main GM crops in Brazil, a country that accepts and promotes genetically modified foods.
In Brazil the number of hectares planted with genetically modified soybeans, corn and cotton amounts to 36.6 million, varieties of crops which according to producers reduce costs, increase production and generate higher profits.
The in vitro plants produce almost twice the amounts of fruit per head, being ready to harvest two months earlier than regular plants.
These plantains produced in the biotechnologylaboratory of the International School of Agriculture and Livestock of Rivas (EIAG) were grown in order to assertain the benefits of of plantains produced in a laboratory.
Lack of complete legislation that allows testing, planting and harvesting of genetically modified products is blocking investment in the sector.
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.
Could it be that genetically modified food can solve the food crisis?
The numbers are spine-chilling. It's calculated that 850 million persons around the world suffer from hunger every day, and 820 million of them live in developing countries. Last year the number of persons who needed food aid increased by 100 million.
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