BRASILIA, 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
Brazil's government wants to clarify regulatory law on GM crops
before the planting of the next harvest in October.
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 widely planted.