Brazilian Farmers Put a Good Word for Monsanto and GM Crops

Conversations about Plant Biotechnology, a site sponsored by multinational Monsanto, a biotech company notorious for its GM (genetically modified) seeds, is now offering video conversations and podcasts with Brazilian farmers.

With Brazil’s participation the total number of video segments with growers goes to more than 35, representing nine of the 21 countries that grew biotech crops in 2005.

According to US-based Monsanto, the addition of Brazilian farmers is significant because they grew more than 23 million acres (4.4 million hectares) of GM soybeans in 2005, which represents nearly a 90 percent increase in acreage over 2004 and the largest increase of any country last year.

In addition, Brazilian farmers are leaders in the development and adoption of conservation tillage – the practice of minimizing or eliminating plowing of the soil.

In a newly posted segment, Brazilian soybean farmer Armindo Mugnol describes the environmental benefits of GM crops on his farm, including the return of wildlife habitats and protection of the soil through the elimination of plowing.

Visitors can also view a newly released compilation video with three Brazilian farmers, who describe the benefits of GM crops within their operations and the region.

Monsanto Company initially launched Conversations about Plant Biotechnology in October 2005 and, this week, also features its first redesign.

The site now provides a state-of-the-art online video player, cutting-edge video distribution system, and more flexible, simpler navigation.

Conversations about Plant Biotechnology – www.monsanto.com/biotech-gmo/asp/default.asp

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