Posted by: U. Merc
The Paraná Federal Court prohibited German chemicals giant Bayer from marketing and commercial release of Liberty Link maize, one of its' genetically-modified crops anywhere in Brazil due to the absence of a plan for post-release monitoring.
The federal judge Pepita Durski Tramontini, standing on the Environmental Circuit Court in Curitiba also specifically revoked authorisation of the Bayer’s Liberty Link corn in Brazil because of lack of any studies relating to the potential impacts of this technology on the regional biomes.
Her ruling came in response to a class-action suit filed by several Brazilian NGOs, including AS-PTA, the Brazilian partner of the AgriCultures Network (and publisher of Agriculturas).
In the last issue of Farming Matters magazine Gabriel Bianconi Fernandes, a researcher with AS-PTA, was saying that they are still waiting for the court decision. Now the fight against GMOs will hopefully take another route.
Background papers (Documents prepared for the International Seminar on GMOs - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 9 to 12th 2010):
- A brief survey of Brazil’s biosafety legislation, by Andrea Salazar and Karina Grou
- Brief history of the GM¬Free Brazil Campaign, by Gabriel B. Fernandes
- Safety Considerations on Genetically Modified Food Crops, by Arpad Pusztai and Susan Bardocz
- Transgenics crops ecological impacts, by Gilles Ferment
- Transgenic soya in Brazil: the polemics surrounding an agribusiness "success", by Jean Marc von der Weid
- A study of the economic and agronomic efficiency of transgenic soya in Brazil, by Alberto Bracagioli and Daniela de Oliveira