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Crop Biotech Update

Ministers of Agriculture in Southern LA Countries Issue Statement on Biotech

October 29, 2010

The Consejo Agropecuario del Sur (CAS) - Southern Agricultural Council ( met in Santiago, Chile last October 21-22, 2010 and issued an important statement to endorse agricultural biotechnology development in their countries. CAS is a regional government network of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Southern Cone countries of Latin America, which include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay, all important GM crop producers.

The statement said there is a need to incorporate scientific and technological innovation to meet the challenge of global food production, and achieve competitive and sustainable development of agriculture. Specifically, the members agreed to:

  • Deepen and strengthen the regulatory frameworks and instruments to ensure the use of genetically modified organisms
  • Request international organizations to provide technical and financial cooperation in a coordinated manner for the development of GMOs in accordance with the specific demands of the countries of the region
  • Instruct CAS to continue its coordination, harmonization and promotional efforts on activities related to GMOs

The Spanish version of the CAS Statement can be downloaded from