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Crop Biotech Update

Argentina Accelerates Approval Process for Biotech Crops

April 10, 2013

It took 20 years for Argentina to approve commercial planting of 13 biotech crops, and 15 more were approved in the past three years. In 2012, Argentina was the third largest producer of biotech crops globally with total planting of 23.9 million hectares.

The multi-year regulatory streamlining process ended when the country's agriculture ministry launched in March 23, 2013 a comprehensive regulatory framework for the assessment and approval of biotech crops. It is expected that the newly implemented framework will boost the process of evaluating the risks and benefits of adopting new biotech crops in Argentina.

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