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6-Regulation: Monsanto says to challenge Brazil ban on GMO

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TITLE:  Monsanto says to challenge Brazil ban on GMO
SOURCE: Reuters
DATE:   3 Sep 2004

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Monsanto says to challenge Brazil ban on GMO

BRASILIA, Brazil - Monsanto Co. (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on
Wednesday it intends to appeal a legal ban in Brazil on selling its
genetically modified Roundup Ready soybeans after a court decision
cleared the way for an appeal.

A federal court published on Wednesday its decision, made late in June,
reinstating the power of Brazil's National Technical Committee on
Biosafety (CTNBio) to regulate genetically modified products.

The publication of the decision ends a legal wrangle that started in 1998
when CTNBio waived a five-year environmental impact study and cleared
Roundup Ready soy for commercial use. Shortly after that, in 1999,
environmental group Greenpeace won a court injunction against the release
of Roundup Ready soy on the grounds that CTNBio had acted beyond its powers.

Monsanto said in a statement the federal court's ruling that CTNBio can
regulate genetically modified products should mean its original 1998
decision holds. But the court's injunction on Roundup Ready soy remains
in place.

"Monsanto intends to launch a legal appeal to correct the contradiction
of the maintenance of the injunction that restricts Roundup Ready soy,"
the company said in a statement in Brazil.

Brazil, the world's No. 2 soy producer after the United States, is the
last major agricultural exporter to ban GMO food crops.

While Wednesday's decision helps Monsanto, the tangle of legal decisions
regarding genetically modified foods in Brazil could still get more
complicated if Greenpeace appeals the decision.

Because of the legal wrangles, the government last year granted amnesty
to planters of illegal GMO soybeans for the current crop. It has put
together a biosafety bill which would allow GMO planting of the next
harvest as well but that is stuck in Congress.

The government has said it could publish a provisional decree to allow
planting and sale of genetically modified soybeans in 2004/05 (October/
September) if Congress does not approve the law in time.

Despite the attempts by Greenpeace and a consumer group to control
Roundup Ready soybeans, it has spread to cover an estimated 30 percent of
the national crop.

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TITLE:  Brazil's Government Won't Issue Decree On GM Soy
SOURCE: Dow Jones Newswires
DATE:   30 Aug 2004

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Brazil's Government Won't Issue Decree On GM Soy

Brazil's government won't issue another decree to temporarily lift the
ban on the planting and sale of genetically modified soybeans for the
upcoming season, presidential congressional liaison Aldo Rebelo said Friday.

Despite the proximity to the planting period for soybeans, Rebelo is
confident that the Senate will pass the bill in time to allow soy growers
to plant GMO soy legally this year. "The government has taken all of the
necessary measures to secure permanent legislation for genetically
modified organisms," Rebelo said.

Members of the government coalition disagree. "There's not enough time
for the bill to pass," said a spokesperson for Senator Ideli Salvatti, a
Senate leader for the ruling Worker's Party from the southern state of
Santa Catarina. "With municipal elections coming up, the Senate lacks the
necessary quorum to pass the law," she added.

Once the bill is approved by the Senate, it must return to the lower
house for approval.

In September 2003, the government signed a decree allowing GMO soybeans
to be planted in the 2003-04 season.

The 2004-05 planting season is expected to begin in the southern state of
Rio Grande do Sul in October. An estimated 90 percent of this year's
soybean crop will be GMO, according to data supplied by the governor of
Rio Grande do Sul. The 2004-05 Rio Grande do Sul soybean crop is
estimated at 5.4 million metric tons, according to the Ministry of


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