Some 80% of GM seed in Argentina saved or pirated
Only a fifth of genetically modified soybean seed planted in Argentina is purchased from authorised dealers, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) reports. It cites official figures that show that half of the seed is sold illegally, and some 30% is sown with saved seed. Argentine legislation allows growers to use saved seed on their own farms, while they only pay royalties on the original purchase, the FASUSDA notes. The government is to revise the country's seed law after the elections next October. The government has been planning to recognise IP rights for agricultural biotechnology products in a bid to tempt Monsanto into introducing its second-generation genetically modified soybeans (Agrow No 647, p 15). Monsanto has developed its own system for intellectual property payments, and reached agreement with farmers' groups in the past two years (Agrow No 607, p 21).