Agro: The Value of Non-GM Seeds

In the US an increasing number of farmers are replanting with non-GM seeds, while grains prices fall and there is a growing preference for organic products.

Friday, February 6, 2015

At the end of 2014 consumption of non-GM foods such as cereals, salad dressings, eggs and other products increased by 15%, with sales reaching $9.6 billion. By analyzing consumer trends, the US agricultural sector expects this year increases of up to 45% in sales of non-genetically modified maize seeds and 8% in un genetically modified soy.

Mac Ehrhardt, co-owner of Albert Lea Seed House Inc., told The Wall Street Journal Americas that "... Sales of seeds Free from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are destined to grow by about 20% this year and certain varieties have been exhausted. Much of the sales come from farmers looking to save money by buying non-GM seeds, which are often cheaper. We are getting calls from people who have never bought from us. "

On the other side of the coin, Russell Sanders, director of food and industrial markets at DuPont, said that "... We sell ​​GM varieties and we believe that we are the leader in unmodified seeds by market share, this year we believe that sales of these products are likely to rise between 1% and 6% respectively. "

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A 'crime against humanity' is how 109 Nobel prize winners describe Greenpeace's stance against the production of genetically modified foods.

A group of Nobel laureates in various disciplines, referred to the need to produce food to feed the world's growing population, describing the environmental organization Greenpeace's opposition to the practice of precision agriculture as 'criminal'.

GMO: Going Against the Evidence

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While the Congress of Costa Rica is preparing to vote on a four year moratorium on the cultivation of GM crops, the scientific evidence that they pose no risk to animal or human health is increasing.


The article published in by Keilor Rojas reports on a study carried out by geneticists at the University of California-Davis that based on "...

Nicaragua: Discussion on GM Crops

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Employers in the agricultural sector are proposing pilot projects in selected areas in order to assess the implications of using such crops.

Jose Adam Aguerri, president of Cosep, told that "... the (GM) issue today in Nicaragua is prohibited."

Growing Consumption of Organic Products in The Netherlands

October 2013

During 2012, organic food sales totaled more than $1.374 billion, 14% more than in 2011.

From an article by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER):

Dutch consumer spending on organic food in 2012 reached more than 1 billion euros, up 14% compared to the previous year, of which 90% was purchased from the supermarket chains Heinjn Albert and Jumbo while the rest was sold in specialty stores and markets.

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