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Biosafety head backs GMOs for Brazilian development

The chief of the Brazilian biosafety competent authority has defended the sale and use of genetically modified products as a means of development in the country. The president of the national technical commission for biosafety, the CTNBio, Edilson Paiva, dismissed concerns that the technology was a threat. “These concerns are years out of date, as our science has evolved allowing us to prove that GMOs present no problems,” he said at a national science convention. “And yet the same doubts keep coming.” He claimed that commercial interests lay behind a “bombardment” of “misinformation” sent to the public. The CTNBio has approved the commercial release of four GM soybean lines, 12 of maize, and six of cotton, all but two in the past three years ( Agrow passim). A federal judge recently overturned the approval of a GM maize line (see this issue).

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