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Latin Americans seek common biosafety measures

The biosafety authorities from four Latin American countries are seeking harmonised procedures for the use of genetically modified crops. Representatives from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru met at the Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, in September. They presented a project, “LAC Biosafety”, or “Latin America: multi-nation capacity building based on the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol”. The project is to strengthen each country’s capacity to ensure safe use of GMOs. Embrapa researcher Debora Pires Paula says the aim is to “allow the filling of knowledge gaps”, by pooling knowledge and sharing experience. LAC has the backing of the World Bank’s Global Environment Fund, which will assess the meeting’s findings.

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