Brazil OKs more field trials for GMOs
Brazilian authorities approved eight applications for field trials of genetically modified crops earlier this month. The members of the national technical commission for biosafety, the CTNBio, unanimously endorsed five applications from Monsanto for GM soybeans, and two for GM maize, and another from DuPont for GM maize. All were for a multi-trait seed with insect resistance and herbicide tolerance. The commission also considered applications for commercial planting of GMOs. It delayed a decision on a Bayer CropScience application for GM rice until a public debate in March (see this issue), and withdrew an application from Dow AgroSciences for GM insect-resistant cotton, after a request for further revision by one of its members.