Crop Biotech Update

Argentine Government Seeks Citizen Opinion on New GE Crops

September 30, 2015

The Argentine government has created a way for its citizens to express their opinion on the introduction of new genetically engineered (GE) seeds into the country. The first GE crop available for public comment is an herbicide tolerant soybean variety.

Despite the criticism of environmental activists on the effects of using herbicides, a report by National Advisory Commission on Agricultural Biotechnology (Conabia), a government body under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery, stated that "the risks of that genetically modified soy to the agricultural ecosystem, in large-scale crops, do not differ significantly from those inherent in crops of non-GMO soy."

Citizens can send their written opinion by email or deliver them personally to the Agriculture Ministry by the end of September, after which the experts will then judge whether "it is worth reviewing the Conabia report."

Read more about this at the AgroPages website.