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May 13, 2010

Argentina Prepares to Update GM Seed Laws

On 13 May 2010, Nature Biotechnology is reported on Argentina's pending agricultural biotechnology reforms.  Argentina's new seed law may provide tighter regulation of the genetically modified (GM) seed market, "allowing for more investment from the private sector. Under the current law, farmers can retain GM seeds without paying royalties to the companies that developed them."

Argentina is the third largest producer of GM crops.  This is a result of government policies in the 1990s that "was persuaded that GM crops heralded the 'new green revolution'."

Critics of the new seed law "fear agribusiness's growing influence on the government, whilst proponents say that increased yields from biotech crops have helped keep the "country's ailing economy" going." 

"But both sides agree that Argentina's early acceptance of GM biotechnology is 'a model from which other developing countries can learn important lessons'."

For more see: 
Laursen, Lucas.  "How Green Biotech Turned White and Blue," Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 28: 393-395 (13 May 2010).

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