Crop Biotech Update

Mexico Approves Planting of GM Cotton Bollgard®II Flex

January 6, 2012

Bollgard®II Flex, a genetically modified cotton developed by Monsanto, was given approval for planting by the Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, y Calidad Inocuidad Agrifood of Mexico, the agency that oversees the analysis and release of genetically modified organisms in the country. The approval came in December 20, 2011 which now allow farmers to plant cotton with combined resistance against cotton leafworm (Alabama argillacea), caterpillar-of-apples (Heliothis virescens), pink caterpillar (Pectinophora gossypiella) and caterpillar cartridge or military (Spodoptera frugiperda) – with tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate.

The GM cotton has been approved for planting in Australia (2006), Colombia (2007), Costa Rica (2008) and South Africa (2007) while Japan, South Korea and the Philippines approved the processing of the product for human and animal consumption, and its import.

See the news release in Spanish at http://www.monsanto.com.br/sala_imprensa/includes/template_press_release.asp?noticiaId=73434433324333234432433424443334333447D246674093363D4581D1364D1306D00234518BB0