Chile, the world’s largest exporter of transgenic seeds, gives back to Monsanto

Chile, the world’s leading exporter of transgenic seeds, withdraw from the Congress the nicknamed “Monsanto Law” by require further study before its vote, announced the Executive.

“It is important the withdrawal of the law of plant breeders’ of the legislative process to make a law which pick up everything that is known in our country and internationally and the rights of the smaller agricultural communities,” said to the press the minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, Ximena Corner.

At this time, the regulation of the seeds in Chile depends on a law of the late 90s that “enables the production of transgenic seeds for export but not for domestic consumption”, He explained in an interview with EFE Ivan Santandreu, spokesperson and founder of the association “Chile without gmos” .

“The contradictory is that we export these seeds and then we import the product produced from that seed because they don’t produce here,” he said in both Miguel Angel Sanchez, Executive Director of the association that brings together the developers of biotechnology (ChileBio).

Since that in 2009 the former Government of Michelle Bachelet will be sworn to the Legislature the “Law of plant breeder”, the voice that has been most flat-rate against transgenics has been of the journalist Lucia Sepulveda that today has requested that the State “recognize the importance of the small peasant agriculture” .

And that is that the “Monsanto Law” She was baptised with the name of your main beneficiary, the multinational Monsanto, which together with Bayer, BASF, Pioneer, Dow, and Syngenta split the world market.

In the directory of the National Association for producers of seed of Chile (ANPROS) appear a number of local producers but Santandreu warns that behind these names “in many cases this Monsanto”: “For example Seminis, is a subsidiary of Monsanto with another name”

Boths Santandreu as Sepulveda allege that the transgenic crops have serious social and economic consequences: “that Chile will be wagering by the GM would be a disaster. You cannot compete against the Argentine pampas, nor with the plains of the USA or the jungle of Brazil”.

But what really bothers people is whether genetically modified products in the laboratories to affect health and around this topic there is a lot of confusion.

There are only four genetically modified products to commercial level: corn, cotton, canola and soybeans, although there are other crops such as papaya, beans or aubergines which are located in different laboratories of the world in a phase of experimentation.

But the development of transgenic crops depends not only on the private sector and to Cuba, a communist country that fight against the majors, has more than 3,000 hectares planted in A transgenic maize developed with public money, according to ChileBio.

And that is for the representative of ChileBio on the one hand, we have the technology and by another ideology: “From a technical and scientific point of view everything is overwhelming in favor of gmos and is in the ideological or political field, where he is today the discussion,” said.

“There is a need to monitor as politicians and companies adopt the technology from the ideology, and regulate that done well. The security controls the governments, if they believe that there is a need for more that put more, but this demonisation of transgenics is a product of the disinformation,” concluded Sanchez.

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