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Debora Leite
Biotech Division Manager   VIGNA BRASIL GROUP

Biotech Division Manager at Vigna Brasil – Consultancy in Strategic and Regulatory Affairs

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  • GMO regulation in Brazil and South America   2017-05-05

    There is no doubt South America is an agricultural continent: accounting with more than 30% of the agriculture harvested area in the world, this region is responsible for over 12% of all the food exports. With a promise to boost this market and bring greater facilities to farmers, biotech-derived genetically modified (GM) crops were introduced into South America and their adoption is rapidly increasing since they were first approved for cultivation in Argentina in 1996. In recent years, Brazil and Argentina have sustained their position among the world’s top five countries growing biotech crops, while Paraguay and Uruguay are among the top 10 (Table 1).

    There is no doubt South America is an agricultural continent: accounting with more than 30% of the agriculture harvested area in the world, this region is responsible for over 12% of all the food exports. With a promise to boost this market and bring greater facilities to farmers, biotech-derived genetically modified (GM) crops were introduced into South America and their adoption is rapidly increasing since they were first approved for cultivation in Argentina in 1996. In recent years, Brazil and Argentina have sustained their position among the world’s top five countries growing biotech crops, while Paraguay and Uruguay are among the top 10 (Table 1).

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