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Crop Biotech Update

Brazil's CTNBio Approves Syngenta's Bt Maize

September 28, 2007

CTNBio, the Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee, has approved Syngenta Seeds’ genetically modified Bt-11 maize for commercial release in Brazil. The approval was made despite wide protests by several organizations. CTNBio's approval may be followed by a review from the National Biosafety Council (CNBS) to examine certain social and economic factors. Only after CNBS’ approval can the GM maize be planted by farmers. Earlier this year, CTNBio has also approved two transgenic maize lines, Monsanto’s YieldGard® and Bayer CropScience’ LibertyLink. Next month, the committee is set to start the evaluation of another GM maize, Syngenta’s Pacha. Maize is Brazil’s second most cultivated crop, after to soybean.