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Top Brazil biologist hails GMOs as Amazon saviour

An influential Brazilian biologist has hailed genetically modified crops as the key to reducing deforestation of the Amazon area and its globally significant rainforest, national media report. University of Sao Paolo lecturer and co-author of an intergovernmental panel on climate change report Marcos Buckeridge argues that GM crops should be the key to raising agricultural productivity and so lead to reduced requirements for more land such as in the rainforest. Amazon land has been used in soybean and sugar cane production, despite regulation. “It is a contentious issue, but the use of GM crops benefits the Amazon due to lower land use,” he notes. Brazil became the world’s second largest adopter of GM crop technology in 2009 and has led expansion ever since (Agrow passim).

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