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Chile eyes GMO cultivation in four years

Chile is to submit legislation to allow the sale and use of genetically modified crops, national media report. The Ministry of Agriculture has issued plans to reorganise its national institute of agricultural development, the Indap, giving it powers to regulate the planting of GMOs. “We expect biosafety legislation, permitting the planting of GMOs, within four years”, the Minister of Agriculture, José Antonio Galilea, told national newspaper El Mercurio. Senate agriculture committee members have echoed the Minister’s call for an extension of the Indap’s powers. Senator Juan Antonio Coloma calls the current situation “absurd”. Chile allows production of GMOs as seed but not their commercial cultivation. Monsanto signed a deal with the Ministry in 2007 to plant GM Roundup ready soybeans only for export to the US ( Agrow No 518, p 17).

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