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Brazil to wait five years for GM rice

Brazilian farmers will have genetically modified rice available within five years. That is the prediction of Dr Alda Lerayer, director of the national biotechnology association, the CiB. The comment follows the recent withdrawal by Bayer CropScience of its application for commercial release for GM glufosinate-tolerant LibertyLink (LLRice62) rice ( Agrow No 596, p 17). “What happened is a political backlash, after a lack of conversation between farmers and the company,” the prominent GMO advocate says. Rice farmers had campaigned for the application to be denied, fearing export markets would shun Brazilian produce over concerns of cross-pollination with conventional lines. Productivity for rice has reached its limit in Brazil unless GM lines are adopted, Dr Lerayer says.

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