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Brazil's Mato Grosso leads push for GM-free soy
by Ana Mano

Reuters    Translate This Article
11 May 2017

On 11 May 2017 Reuters reported: A movement to replace genetically modified soybeans with conventional seeds is gaining traction in Brazil's largest soy-producing state of Mato Grosso as farmers anticipate growing demand from Asia and Europe. Wininton Mendes, coordinator of a program to promote use of conventional seeds run by Mato Grosso growers and the government agricultural research agency Embrapa, said doubts related to the impact of GM food on human health is one driver behind demand for conventional raw materials. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of environment and business, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Mendes said that Mato Grosso's drive to plant more conventional soy is backed by three trading firms -- including Amaggi SA, owned by the family of Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi -- which pay a premium. The other two traders are Imcopa International SA and Caramuru Alimentos SA.

Encouraged by the premia paid this season, farmers may plant more non-GM soy in the next cycle, according to Daniel Ferreira, the superintendent of agricultural research agency Imea.

. . . a Chinese consumer backlash against GM crops is beginning to dent demand for soy oil, its main cooking oil, and could spell trouble for the crushing industry, which relies on GM soybeans from Brazil and the United States.

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