|SAO PAULO, Brazil,
Oct. 30, 2003 -- CropChoice news -- Reuters:
Brazil's Parana state found around 3,000 tonnes of genetically
modified soy stored in a private warehouse at Paranagua
port, following tests on Tuesday, the state's official
news agency said on Wednesday.
The port's grain warehouses are being examined after
the state government on Monday banned GM soy and Paranagua,
Brazil's main soy port in Parana state, suspended soybean
shipments for four to five days while the grain was
In a statement published by the Agencia Estadual de
Noticias news agency, the state government said that
the GM soy was partly Brazilian and partly Paraguayan.
It said that the warehouse was managed by U.S. agribusiness
company Archer Daniels Midland Co.
ADM declined comment, saying it hadn't been officially
"We don't allow multinationals to mix soy and
export it through ports in Parana state," said
Eduardo Requiao, the port's general director, referring
to the possible mixing of transgenic and conventional
The port authority said it will try to define the precise
origin of the soy and negotiate with its owners the
removal of the transgenic stocks.
Parana state government's action could cause a diplomatic
dispute with Paraguay because Paranagua port is federally
owned and managed by the state under a concessionary
"Paraguay is an important partner in Mercosur
and well respected by our government, but we must handle
the matter seriously," Requiao was quoted by the
agency as saying.
Requiao was referring to the South American free trade
bloc of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
"We can't allow that the warehouse which was given
to the country (Paraguay) under a bilateral deal be
handed to a third party multinational which seems to
be contaminating our production," he added.
Brazil top soy state tells growers
GM soy illegal
SAO PAULO, Brazil, Oct 28 (Reuters):
Brazil's No. 1 soy grower state, Mato Grosso, said on
Tuesday it would tell its producers that planting genetically
modified soybeans in the state was illegal, despite
a nationwide decree legalizing GM soy planting and sales.
Mato Grosso Governor Blairo Maggi, who is the biggest
individual soybean grower in the world, said the government
decree published in September legalized GM soybean planting
for those producers who already had GM seeds in stock
and who registered them as GM with the government.
"This is not the case for any producer in Mato
Grosso," said Maggi according to his spokeswoman.
"Because of this, the planting (of GM) is banned
in the state."
Producers in No. 3 soy state Rio Grande do Sul have
planted GM soy widely for several years, despite the
ban on biotech seeds in Brazil before this year. Other
states are believed to have planted GM soy, although
less than Rio Grande do Sul.
Maggi said center-west states such as Mato Grosso have
never planted GM soy. Nonetheless, some soy producers
seem determined to try to go GM in the center-west.
Since the beginning of October, agents from the Agriculture
Ministry working at Mato Grosso's highway patrol checkpoints
have apprehended over 107 tonnes of GM soybeans from
Rio Grande do Sul in the municipalities of Canarana
Maggi said Mato Grosso's Food Safety Institute (Indea)
is prepared to seize illegal GM soy.
Mato Grosso's agriculture secretariat said the seized
GM soybeans would be sufficient to plant 2,700 hectares
The government decree that legalizes GM soy planting
and sales for consumption forbids the transport of GM
soy as seed from state to state or its sales as seed.
As Brazil's top soy producer, Mato Grosso should harvest
15 million tonnes from the new crop now being planted.