Brazil, a country that said "yes" to GM crops

Soybeans, corn and cotton are the main GM crops in Brazil, a country that accepts and promotes genetically modified foods.

Monday, February 17, 2014

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.

"In the opinion of the researcher and General Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, Adriana Brondani, these crops also help "save the planet" by reducing the amount of chemicals that are currently needed for agricultural production, water required for irrigation or soil erosion."

"However the path which must be followed for Brazilians to be able to plant in GM products in their soils is "seeded" with biosafety tests that are established by the legislation."

During the approval process "it is put to debate with various security agencies until it reaches the National Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio), a collegial and consultative group with scientific experts and ministerial responsibility."

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