Brazil sorts stored soy for GMO royalties
Brazilian farmers will not be liable for royalty payments for conventional soybeans stored in the same silo as genetically modified varieties. Two farmer federations, the Famasul and the CNA, have received from Monsanto a procedure to avoid indemnity cases for the mixture of varieties in such non-segregated storage facilities. “The company that owns the royalty rights has developed a technique to determine which is GM and which is conventional,” farmer leader Luciano Mendes says. Previously, farmers were liable to pay royalties on all the grain as though it were all GM.