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Costa Rica OKs Monsanto GM maize planting

The Costa Rican biosafety commission has authorised Monsanto’s Delta and Pine Land Costa Rican affiliate, D&PL Semillas, to plant genetically modified maize. The move permits the company to grow maize for seed production or for research purposes, and that is intended for export, national newspaper Tico Times reports. The plant health service, the SFE, has approved “field release” of three lines: glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready Corn 2 (NK603); insect-resistant YieldGard VT Pro (MON89034); and glyphosate-tolerant and insect-resistant YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2 (MON88017). The applications were received last year ( Agrow No 652, p 17). D&PL Semillas is allowed to implement its own proposed and unpublished regulations, newspaper El Pais reports. It is to carry out studies on native and wild maize linesand organic crops within 1,000 m of its GM maize plantings. National authorities will monitor the company’s actions to ensure implementation of those regulations.

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