Monday, March 24, 2003

Brazilian farmers demand end to GM ban

Brazil has a ban on GM crop sowing for but it is none to popular with some of its farmers, who have been planting smuggled GM seed. Now, farmers in the state of Rio Grande do Sul have protested about the ban. Meanwhile, there are other protests demanding state separation of GM and non-GM crops - because the growers of non-GM crops believe that they'll get a lower price for their crop if it is considered transgenic.

But who is making the fuss about transgenic v. traditional crops? Mostly, it seems to me, it is the European Union. Without the EU's crackdown on GM, there would be far less pressure on Third World farmers about what they grow.

Brazil farmers draw line in field over GMO soy, Planet Ark, 24 March 2003


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