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Bolivian delegates clash over GM crop debate

Leading delegates to a Bolivian agriculture industry summit, Sembrando Bolivia, are at loggerheads over whether to debate the adoption of genetically modified crops in the country. The eastern chamber of agriculture, the CAO, wants the debate, saying that the use of biotechnology is key to progress for national agriculture. Meanwhile, Cioec-Bolivia president Justino Loayza believes that the subject requires wider discussion than the meeting could allow. Wheat and oilseed grower association Anapo has recently called on the government to approve more GM crops. Bolivia only allows the planting of GM soybean lines. The Anapo called for approvals to cover GM cotton, maize and sugar cane. It has set a document for the summit, which will include heads of government delegates. The government has reportedly rejected the call. Three years ago, President Evo Morales indicated that the government was willing to amend legislation to allow the “rational use” of GM crops.

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