Brazil joins the growing number of countries rejecting GMO imports from the United States.
Brazil joins the growing number of countries rejecting GMO imports from the United States. In the last decade, bio-technology and gene modification in large-scale agriculture has become a controversy driving a wedge into the industry. In 2015, 19 European nations had declared a ban on GM crops, citing political, health and environmental concerns.
Brazil leads world production of sugar cane and is the second largest producer of soybeans; other major exports include coffee, beef and frozen chickens. The livestock industry is suffering due to feed shortages as regulations against GMO grains have stalled importation from the U.S., one of Brazil’s biggest trade partners. Brazil grows 29 types of GMO corn while the U.S. produces 43 varieties. “In recent years, some of the largest commodity trading companies have refused to take certain GMO crops from farmers because the seeds …
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