Brazil, September 10, 2003 -- CropChoice news -- Reuters,
09/09/03: A Brazilian court this week knocked
down a ruling that lifted a ban on the planting and
sale of Monsanto Co. transgenic soy, after an appeal
by Greenpeace and other groups that oppose its use.
The federal appeals court in the nation's capital Brasilia
suspended an August ruling by a federal judge that temporarily
lifted a long-standing injunction blocking Monsanto
from selling GM Roundup Ready soybeans in Brazil.
A final decision on the use and sale of GM soy in Brazil
has yet to be made. The debate on the issue continues
in the nation's legal system.
Brazil's government wants to clarify regulatory law
on GM crops before the planting of the next harvest
Brazil is the last agricultural heavyweight in the
world to ban the commercial use of GM crops and foods,
although soy farmers in the south ignore the ban and
plant GM soy smuggled in from Argentina where it is