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TITLE:  BRAZILIAN NATIONAL BIOSAFETY TECHNICAL COMMITTEE APPROVES MONSANTO COMPANY INSECT-PROTECTED CORN TRAIT

SOURCE: Monsanto, USA

AUTHOR: Press Release

URL:    http://monsanto.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=517

DATE:   17.08.2007

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BRAZILIAN NATIONAL BIOSAFETY TECHNICAL COMMITTEE APPROVES MONSANTO COMPANY INSECT-PROTECTED CORN TRAIT

Decision Brings Brazilian Farmers Closer to Accessing Technologies and Benefits Other Growers Have Used for More Than a Decade

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Monsanto Company today welcomed the news that the Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee (CTNBio) approved the company’s MON 810 insect protection event, known in the United States as YieldGard® Corn Borer, for future commercial use in corn in Brazil.

The regulatory process in Brazil is a multi-step process, and while other steps are still required, the Committee’s decision brings the technology closer to reality for Brazilian farmers.

”We’re pleased with the decision of CTNBio,” said Brett Begemann, Executive Vice President of International Commercial for Monsanto Company. ”While more regulatory reviews remain ahead, we can look forward to providing Brazilian farmers with access to the yield benefits of our trait technologies in combination with our higher-yield seed offerings.” Begemann adds, ”These same technologies have helped other growers increase their productivity and profitability for more than ten years in countries around the world, including Argentina.”

CTNBio is managed by the Ministry of Science and Technology and is charged with making science-based, technical assessments of biotechnology crops including commercial conditions of use. The CTNBio approval may be followed by a review from the National Biosafety Council (CNBS) to examine social and economic factors. Following a favorable review by CNBS, and approvals of the individual MON 810 events in specific hybrid varieties, farmers will be able to plant these higher-yielding seeds.

Corn is the third most planted crop in the world and Brazil ranks third in the world based on harvested area.

Corn hybrids that include the MON 810 event express a naturally occurring protein called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, that helps the corn plant protect itself from feeding damage caused by harmful insects, including corn borer. Using biotechnology traits to help the plant protect itself from insect damage helps farmers increase yields and reduce the application of pesticides. The MON 810 trait was first introduced in the United States in 1997.

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. For more information on Monsanto, see http://www.monsanto.com/ .

NOTE TO EDITORS: YieldGard is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC.



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TITLE:  MONSANTO CORN SEED WINS BRAZILIAN BIOSAFETY APPROVAL

SOURCE: Bloomberg, USA

AUTHOR: Jack Kaskey

URL:    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=anZp4aIg.NwM&refer=news

DATE:   17.08.2007

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MONSANTO CORN SEED WINS BRAZILIAN BIOSAFETY APPROVAL

Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Monsanto Co., the world’s biggest seed producer, said Brazil’s biosafety committee approved the company’s genetically engineered corn, the first endorsement needed before farmers can plant the insect-resistant crop.

The National Biosafety Technical Committee, managed by the nation’s Ministry of Science and Technology, approved MON810, which is sold in the U.S. as YieldGard Corn Borer, St. Louis- based Monsanto said today in a statement. The corn produces Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, a naturally occurring insecticide.

Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant is trying to boost Monsanto’s share of the Brazilian corn-seed market, the world’s third-largest behind the U.S. and China, by offering hybrids that boost yields. The Bt-corn still needs clearance from the National Biosafety Council and the Agriculture Ministry before sales are permitted, Monsanto spokeswoman Eleni Gritzapis said.

”While more regulatory reviews remain ahead, we can look forward to providing Brazilian farmers with access to the yield benefits of our trait technologies,” Brett Begemann, a Monsanto executive vice president, said in the statement. ”These same technologies have helped other growers increase their productivity and profitability for more than 10 years.”

Monsanto shares rose 37 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $63.09 at 4:26 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. They have gained 34 percent in the past year.

 

Brazil Sales

Monsanto’s share of Brazil’s hybrid corn-seed sales dropped to 34 percent in 2006, 1 percentage point down from 2004, Grant said in a May 30 presentation. Brazil has 30.8 million acres of corn, including 20.6 million acres of hybrids, he said. Sales of genetically modified corn aren’t yet allowed in Brazil.

Both genetically modified crops that are now permitted in Brazil are Monsanto products: Roundup Ready soybeans, which survive application of the company’s Roundup herbicide, and Bollgard cotton, which resists the bollworm.

Bayer AG in May won approval from Brazil’s biosafety technical committee for its Liberty Link corn, which is modified to resist the company’s Liberty herbicide. As with Monsanto’s Bt- corn, Bayer’s seeds require additional approvals before they can be sold and planted in the country.

Bt-corn has been sold since 1997 in the U.S., where it was planted this year on about 42 million acres, a 30 percent increase from last year, Monsanto said in a June 28 report.



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TITLE:  BRAZIL APPROVES RELEASE OF MONSANTO'S TRANSGENIC CORN UNDER PROTESTS

SOURCE: Brazzil Magazine, USA

AUTHOR: 

URL:    http://www.brazzilmag.com/content/view/8577/54/

DATE:   17.08.2007

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BRAZIL APPROVES RELEASE OF MONSANTO'S TRANSGENIC CORN UNDER PROTESTS

Brazil’s National Biosafety Technical Committee (CTNBio) approved this Thursday, August 16, the commercial release of the transgenic corn Guardian, which has been developed by the multinational company Monsanto. The product, resistant to insects, is the second kind of genetically modified corn to be authorized for commercialization by the CTNBio.

Activists from the peasant organization Via Campesina protested against the measure during the meeting to approve the new seed, which took place in the Science and Technology Ministry building in Brazilian capital Brasília. They held signs saying among other things: ”Don’t contaminate Biodiversity,” and ”CNTBio does harm to Brazil.”

The final result was 15 votes in favor of the approval against one against it. The only vote contrary to the measure was the one from the Environment Ministry representative, Rubens Nodari.

This is the fourth release of genetically modified seeds, for planting in Brazil. In May, the same commission had approved Bayer’s corn Libertlink.

A preliminary order from Paraná state’s Federal Justice had determined that CTNBio should not consider any request of commercial release for GMOs (genetically modified organisms) before devising monitoring rules. The CNTBio presented these rules just a few hours before the voting process.

Monsanto Company welcomed the CTNBio’s result. The approved product is known in the United States as YieldGard Corn Borer.

The regulatory process in Brazil is a multi-step process, and while other steps are still required, the Committee’s decision brings the technology closer to reality for Brazilian farmers.

”We’re pleased with the decision of CTNBio,” said Brett Begemann, Executive Vice President of International Commercial for Monsanto Company. ”While more regulatory reviews remain ahead, we can look forward to providing Brazilian farmers with access to the yield benefits of our trait technologies in combination with our higher-yield seed offerings.”

Begemann added, ”These same technologies have helped other growers increase their productivity and profitability for more than ten years in countries around the world, including Argentina.”

CTNBio is managed by the Ministry of Science and Technology and is charged with making science-based, technical assessments of biotechnology crops including commercial conditions of use.

The CTNBio approval may be followed by a review from the National Biosafety Council (CNBS) to examine social and economic factors. Following a favorable review by CNBS, and approvals of the individual MON 810 events in specific hybrid varieties, farmers will be able to plant these higher-yielding seeds.

Corn is the third most planted crop in the world and Brazil ranks third in the world based on harvested area.

Corn hybrids that include the MON 810 event express a naturally occurring protein called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, that helps the corn plant protect itself from feeding damage caused by harmful insects, including corn borer.

According to Monsanto, using biotechnology traits to help the plant protect itself from insect damage helps farmers increase yields and reduce the application of pesticides. The MON 810 trait was first introduced in the United States in 1997.



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TITLE:  MONSANTO‘S GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PROTECTED CORN APPROVED BY BRAZIL

SOURCE: Associated Content, USA

AUTHOR: Brant McLaughlin

URL:    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/350770/monsantos_genetically_engineered_protected.html

DATE:   17.08.2007

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MONSANTO‘S GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PROTECTED CORN APPROVED BY BRAZIL

On Friday, the Monsanto Company stated that the Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee (CTNBio) has given approval for the company’s MON 810 insect protection event, called YieldGard(R) Corn Borer in the United States, for future commercial use in corn in Brazil.

Brazil has a complex process for regulating agricultural products and it is still not completed with respect to MON 810, but the CTNBio’s verbal approval at this stage means new doors are opening for Brazilian farmers.

CTNBio is under the aegis of Brazil’s Ministry of Science and Technology and is responsible for making science-based, technical assessments of biotechnology crops, including commercial conditions of use. CTNBio’s approval might be followed up with a review from the National Biosafety Council (CNBS) in order to examine social and economic ramifications of the use of MON 810.

Assuming a favorable review by CNBS and approvals of the individual MON 810 events in specific hybrid varieties, farmers will be able to achieve higher yields and lessen their use of pesticides with their use of the patented genetically modified seeds.

Brazil is third in the world in corn production; corn is the third most planted crop in the world.

MON 810 events express a naturally occurring protein which helps corn plants protect themselves from harmful insects’ feeding, including that of the notorious corn borer.

Monsanto has faced the inevitable fears about the new science of GM foods (genetically modified foods) when trying to patent genetic crop technologies and get its products approved and distributed around the world.

The company has pulled more than one product from India on the grounds that it decided it couldn’t make any money on them in that nation. The company endured spurious claims by Greenpeace that the organizations’ lobbying of the Indian government forced Monsanto to withdraw one of its GM wheat products from commercial distribution.

Additionally, Monsanto has come under fire for allegedly hiring scores of Pinkerton detectives to harass farmers into buying its GM seeds, and had the Mexican government threaten it with legal action last year for introducing GM cotton into that nation’s agricultural industry without the proper permits and authorization.

There is no scientific evidence that GM foods are harmful to people, while there is plenty of scientific evidence that GM foods often provide economic, environmental, and nutritional benefits.

Critics of GM crops are concerned that these products may have unforeseen consequences. In addition, organic and small-scale farmers view GM crops as an economic threat; and there have been reports of GM corn ”contaminating” nearby fields, wrecking the market value of neighboring crops. Some social justice activists maintain that only a few big, wealthy companies reap the benefits of GM crops at the expense of farmers and consumers.

However, backers of GM point out that genetic modification of crops has been going on since mankind first learned how to farm; breeding and cross-breeding are themselves forms of GM. The latest GM technology merely allows modifications on the individual genetic level, and the companies and farmers who take part in production have a justified right to their profits, they say.

”We’re pleased with the decision of CTNBio. While more regulatory reviews remain ahead, we can look forward to providing Brazilian farmers with access to the yield benefits of our trait technologies in combination with our higher-yield seed offerings. These same technologies have helped other growers increase their productivity and profitability for more than ten years in countries around the world, including Argentina,” said Brett Begemann, Executive Vice President of International Commercial for Monsanto Company.


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