|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 tested.
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 notified.
"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
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 agreement.
"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,"
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
"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 and Primavera.
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 (6,670 acres).
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.