Not Just GE Trees in Brazil, but GMO 2,4 D-resistant crops too

From our friends at GM Watch.  Yes, its true, at the same time that Brazil’s “biosafety” commission CTNBio approved the disaster of GE eucalyptus trees, they approved 2,4 D resistant soy and cotton.  Remember 2,4 D?  The active ingredient in Agent Orange–another wonder produced by Monsanto.  Biosafety must have a different meaning at the Brazilian government…

 Brazil approves GM eucalyptus trees and 2,4-D-tolerant soy and corn

Concerns mount about GM eucalyptus pollen in Brazilian honey

Brazil’s National Technical Commission on Biotechnology (CTNBio) approved the commercial production of GM eucalyptus trees at a meeting today (9 April). Corn and soybeans tolerant to 2,4-D herbicide were also approved.

The GM eucalyptus was developed by FuturaGene Brazil to be faster-growing. At the CTNBio meeting in Brasilia, there were 18 votes in favour and 3 against.

One member of CTNBio who opposes the GM eucalyptus release is the researcher at the Higher School of Agriculture (Escola Superior de Agricultura, ESALQ/USP), Paulo Kageyama. According to him, even given the reduced growing cycle from 7 to 5 years, the GM variety will consume more water from the soil, aggravating the water crisis.

Kageyama says that even non-GMO eucalyptus wastes water.


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