BRASILIA, Brazil, September
24, 2003 -- CropChoice news -- Reuters: Brazil's Vice President
Jose Alencar has approved the planting of genetically modified soybeans
in Brazil, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
"He approved the planting of transgenic soy," the spokeswoman
Brazil's government is expected to now issue an official decree,
which apparently opens the way for transgenic seed producer Monsanto
Co. of the United States to collect royalties from farmers for the
planting of transgenic soy.
Brazil is the world's No.2 soybean producer and exporter after
the United States and accounts for over a quarter of global soy
But unlike the United States and Argentina, where genetically modified
crops are widely planted, Brazil has until now officially banned
GM crops and foods.