Syngenta Brazil dispute grows
Syngenta Seeds' research facility in Santa Catarina, Parana, Brazil has been seized by the state governor. The action is the latest in a long-running dispute over the planting of genetically modified crops in the area (Agrow No 493, p 1). The region's government accuses Syngenta of illegally planting GM maize and soybeans in a protected area near a national park. Syngenta refutes the charge, saying that it was given permission to plant at the site by the Brazilian national technical commission for biosafety, the CTNBio. The company has until late March to appeal against the governor's action. "We have a strong judicial case, but there are political issues to overcome," Syngenta told Agrow.