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Embrapa Aims to Have GM Cane Certified for Commercial Use in Five Years

Summary posted by Meridian on 2/15/2012

Source: Agra-Net (7 February 2012)

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EMBRAPA, Brazil's state-owned agricultural research agency, expects to field test sugarcane that has been genetically engineered to resist drought in two years and may have it certified for commercial use by the National Biosafety Technical Commission in five years, says Eduardo Romano, coordinator of the EMBRAPA research project. Romano said that Monsanto, Syngenta, and Bayer are also developing varieties of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane but that EMBRAPA plans to sell its GM sugarcane at lower prices, to ensure that is affordable for small farmers. Romano cited the example of China, where he said that the government developed its own varieties of GM cotton, after which he said multinational seed companies were forced to reduce their prices in order to compete. The article can be viewed online at the link below.

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