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GMOs dominate in Uruguay

The entire Uruguayan soybean area is planted with genetically modified lines, and “at least” 80% of the maize area, national media report. They cite official figures from the agricultural statistics department, as well as the private Uruguayan chamber of seed. The two crops dominate national agriculture, accounting for almost 80% of the crop area. The Ministry of Agriculture sent six applications for commercial release of GMOs to the competent authority for environmental risk evaluations in August. They included a single and three stacked-trait GM maize lines, and one each of soybean lines. Another ten are under consideration for field trials ( Agrow No 601, p 30). Monsanto´s insect-resistant MON810 maize, and its glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready soybeans are the only commercially approved lines. Some 800,000 ha of GM crops were planted in Uruguay in 2009 ( Agrow No 587, pp 24-25).

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