• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil’s State Firm Embrapa Creates 14 Transgenic Species. Seeds Are for Sale.

In a special program, "Soybeans – A Big Business," broadcast on Friday, January 20, by Brazil’s state-owned Radio Nacional, the deputy head of research and development at the Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Company) Soybean Unit, João Flávio Veloso, affirmed that the company’s involvement with transgenic species for agricultural use is prompted by a "strategic consideration."

In his view, it is important for the government enterprise to have its own genes in order to give "support to this type of biotechnological development, to keep in step with the growth of Brazilian agriculture."

The Embrapa head also pointed out that the government’s investments in transgenic soybean research hold out the "possibility of biotechnological independence in the future, in the genomic sphere, to keep Brazilian soybeans competitive on the international market."

Among the other reasons he indicated for Embrapa’s efforts along these lines is the fact that there are farmers in Brazil interested in transgenic soybeans.

As for the "novelty" of the upcoming harvest, with its high percentage of transgenic soybeans, Veloso believes that this reflects an attitude of "curiosity."

In future harvests, according to the researcher, transgenic soybeans will have to "prove their worth," chiefly meaning that they will have to show profits.

One of the dangers he foresees in this process is the possibility that royalty payments will wind up being very expensive for farmers, who will be forced to make an economic assessment.

In the long run, the head of research at Embrapa’s Soybean Unit said he does not believe that one day 100% of the soybeans in Brazil will be transgenic.

That is why the company never "concentrated its research program exclusively on transgenic species," although, at the moment, it has 14 transgenic species of its own, "already licensed and ready to fill farmers’ orders." The species are of the type resistant to glyphosphate herbicides.

The "great divide" that, according to Veloso, marked Embrapa’s entry into transgenic soybean seed research was in 1996, when it signed an agreement with the multinational corporation, Monsanto, for the "development of transgenic varieties."

Embrapa currently has agreements with other foreign companies, including one from Japan, as well as eight partnerships with domestic seed producers. For the varieties it discovers, the company receives around three percent of what the seed costs in the form of royalties for "the right to use Embrapa’s genetic research."

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    GREAT !
    Hopefully you will give some to the millions and millions to feed the hungry and under nourrished brazilians !

    Or is it already in your budget for exports ?

    This is something that NO ONE can understand.
    You are the world’s garden, but you prefer to export, and have hunger and under nourrrished citizenms by the millions and millions.

    A true shame, a real tragedy, especially under Lula’s mandate, who himself was poor and certainly undernourrished while a child….as he says repeatdly !

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Records Sales in Aviation Fuel for BR, Brazil Petrobras’s Distributor

It was an all-time sales record in gasoline and aviation fuel sales in 2009, ...

LETTERS

Close to 19 million adult Brazilians have become tired of waiting for government help ...

Brazil Pondering Extradition of Woman Wanted in Murder of Ex-Lebanese Premier

The São Paulo Federal Police (PF) executed the preventive arrest warrant issued by the ...

Brazil’s Imports Grow 51% Bringing a 37% Reduction in Surplus

Exports from Brazil totaled US$ 5.431 billion last week, another one-week record, according to ...

LatAm Countries Gather in Brazil to Discuss Plight of 19 Million Jobless

Around 19 million workers are unemployed at present in Latin America. This total corresponds ...

Brazil’s Lula Praises South America Integration Fast Pace

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, speaking at the closing ceremony of the ...

Brazil’s Consulting Firm Chooses Syria as Entry Door to Arab World

The Brazilian Agency for International Business (ABNI), a consulting company based in the city ...

Slow-Growing Brazil Is Holding Back LatAm’s Expansion

Latinamerica is the developing region which will expand less in 2006 – below Asia ...

Brazilian Embraer's Phenom 1000

Brazil’s Embraer Sells Four Jets to the Irish

Brazil's aircraft maker Embraer and Ireland-based Premier Aviation signed a contract for four Phenom ...

Brazil’s First Astronaut Will Talk Three Times from Space Station

Brazilian astronaut Marcos César Pontes is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station ...