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Labeling Transgenic Food Is the Law in Brazil. But Nobody Obeys It

Greenpeace protests against Bunge in Passo Fundo, Brazil

Greenpeace protests against Bunge in Passo Fundo, Brazil The multinational food giant, Bunge, has 60 days to inform the public in Brazil what kind of transgenics it uses and the quantity of transgenics used in each of its food products. In a civil action suit, Brazilian federal judge Regis de Souza Araújo also ruled that the federal government should ensure that the company complies with the ruling.

According to a law passed in 2003, companies that use at least 1% of genetically modified organisms in their food products are required to state as such on their food labels. In this suit, the judge went so far as to say that Bunge should label its products no matter how much transgenic material they use.

Though this is a clear victory for environmentalists and consumer groups, many are still suspicious of the decision. Gabriela Vuolo, a coordinator for a Greenpeace campaign in Brazil, considers the suit a victory for the consumer, but has doubts about its implementation.

"Now we need to know how this decision is going to be implemented, because actually this law concerning labeling products was supposed to be implemented beginning in 2004. But today we still do not see one label in the supermarket that has information about transgenics, even with the 1% stipulation," said Vuolo.

Vuolo goes on to point out that besides the resistance of companies who do not want the labels, fearing consumers will reject their products, there is a lack of political will on the part of the government to actually enforce this law.

The state government of Paraná created a law about labeling last year, but complains that there is a lack of support on the part of the federal government to help with the enforcement.

"Anvisa (Agency for Sanitation) inspects only the products that are already there in the supermarket. All processes before that – the soy that leaves the farm, that goes through the silos, is processed and becomes a product – is under the Ministry of Agriculture. But the Ministry of Agriculture does not do the inspections, nor do they let anyone else.

The governor of Paraná, for example, asked for authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture to let his state do the inspections. But his request was denied. So you see, the federal government doesn't do anything, nor let anything be done.

"Soy cooking oil is the more serious issue because we use this in the kitchen almost every day. The majority of people do not know from where this oil comes. And most companies have not made the commitment not to use transgenics, as is the case with Bunge and Cargill, who make Soya, Liza and Primor, the biggest brands of oil in the market," said Vuolo.

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  • Magnus Brasil

    [quote]i am a Brazilian. I have no desires, no will, no likes, no dislikes. I had been fashioned to resemble as closely as possible a human model which I had not chosen and which did not suit me. Day after day since my birth, I had been made up: my gestures, my attitudes, my vocabulary. My needs were repressed, my desires, my impetus, they had been dammed up, painted over, disguised and imprisoned. After having removed my brain, having gutted my skull, they had stuffed it full of acceptable thoughts which suited me like an apron on a cow. And when it was verified that the graft had taken, that I no longer needed anyone to control the waves which welled up from the depths of my being, I was let go. I could live freely.’ roam ‘in the context of the culture that makes us what we are
    Brazilian.trying to deal with the network of chains that bind us: chains composed of gender, class, ‘race’ and religion and how the family transmits the past into the present and in doing so, hides the chains from our view.[/quote]

    First of all, Forrest, you JUST described (I doubt this words are yours, not because it’s good, but because it’s well spelled) the brasilian poor people. I have nothing else to add.

    Second, I know, I’m not the best english speaker, among so many americans, I even have to aplogise for my english mistakes, It’s not my mother language,you know.
    But I’m sure I’m made myself clear: MY MOTHER IS DEAD. got it? Or you’re dislexic?

    [quote]till we stop kidding ourselves we need change .
    stop all the corruption .
    stop all the lieing .
    stop[p all the theft .
    stop the killing of our young .
    stop lieing to ourselves .[/quote]

    And how do you think you solve this? EDUCATION. If think its’ OK to not have education, it’s your problem. And I’m not saying regular good schools, ’cause this didn’t worked not even in the US, ’cause you know, the average american is not the smartest people in the world. I’m talking about CULTURE. If you go to Europe, even in the poorest country, like, let’s say, Bosnia, the kids all can play some instrument,
    the girls are doing ballet or stuff like this. THAT’s what gives you a wide vision of the world. They have war after war, the people starves sometimes, not matter what, the schools are open, and providing good culture to the kids.

    Your wife, Forrest, didn’t needed a foreigner husband. She needed good schools for her children, as she possibly would have a few if she stayed in brasil ( The more you are poor, more kids you’ll have), so the next generation will make a better life and build a (hopefully) better Brasil.

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    mangus you may have missed this one but it fits you
    sorry to all else just skip over this one is to MANGUS
    and you say you dont even know if your mother is alive
    what kind of son were you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i am a Brazilian. I have no desires, no will, no likes, no dislikes. I had been fashioned to resemble as closely as possible a human model which I had not chosen and which did not suit me. Day after day since my birth, I had been made up: my gestures, my attitudes, my vocabulary. My needs were repressed, my desires, my impetus, they had been dammed up, painted over, disguised and imprisoned. After having removed my brain, having gutted my skull, they had stuffed it full of acceptable thoughts which suited me like an apron on a cow. And when it was verified that the graft had taken, that I no longer needed anyone to control the waves which welled up from the depths of my being, I was let go. I could live freely.’ roam ‘in the context of the culture that makes us what we are
    Brazilian.trying to deal with the network of chains that bind us: chains composed of gender, class, ‘race’ and religion and how the family transmits the past into the present and in doing so, hides the chains from our view.

    I a country that does not give the BASICs rights to its people ,
    that allows the wealthy to run as they see fit , that allow es the government to take what ever it wants , in in return say nothing to admit nothing .
    but to place the blame on some one else everything is someone else fault
    while we the people are set aside in the same country we are to be proud of
    kept dumb by the government schools ,
    kept hungry by the selling off of our food stocks .
    denied good things to buy as the import tax is placed to high to deal with .
    but every 4 years we set out to elect the new lords of the land not who is best but who we feel will not steal more from us than the last one.
    all the new programs will not help Brazil or its people till we stop kidding ourselves we need change .
    stop all the corruption .
    stop all the lieing .
    stop[p all the theft .
    stop the killing of our young .
    stop lieing to ourselves .

    grow up and face it you help

  • Magnus Brasil

    Nervous? Reeeeeeeally not cool…
    HUAHUAHUHAUHAUHUAHUHAUHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUA!!!!!!!!!

    Do you know me? Seriously, do you know me?
    I’m saying this based on “YOURS” information in this website

    [quote]all brazilians women have secrets dreams : to get out of your f**king country….due to the f**king brazilians males…like Youuuu ![/quote]

    You guys are some fools, ha? Your wifes wants to leave their misery with your money, not by their own means! And don’t come saying” Oh, they didn’t had an oportunity” ’cause I know a lot miserable people that, by their OWN efort, managed to study and have a better life. This is called social mobility. Accept. Your wifes are lazy people that prefered to marry a gringo than study. simple.
    Sorry, I forgot. They love you.HUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUA!!!

    [quote]You just want to procreate…and leave !
    Of course without caring for your children ![/quote]

    Have you ever been to Brasil?
    I don’t know man, but gringos say brasilians are very family oriented people.
    The kids that don’t have fathers are of the same kind of the US: POOR UNNEDUCATED GHETTO PEOPLE. Like your wifes. hell, your wife must be an interesting woman to live with. I can even imagine the scene. Great conversations,, that’s for sure. HUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUA. Oh I forgot: you are a low level too.at least sex must be great

    [quote]is that they are the hart and soul of brazil[/quote]

    No. They are the heart and soul of their Brasil. Everyone lives their own “real Brasil”, If there’s such a thing. Looks like gangsta rap stuff: You got get real, brou.

    [quote]not brazil all have places in other countries
    as for gringoes that marry rich brazilians women they become brazilians personfide into the class socity you love[/quote]

    Didn’t understood a word of it.

    [quote]YES i send money to my family that is how it is done it is as i feel my responsability to help all members of my social family not to hord and live better then them because i can[/quote]

    Yes. Very nice thing to do for Brasil. Estimulate assistencialism. Just like Vargas Lula’s Bolsa-FamÀƒ­lia.

    [quote]that is why your dad is a thief and your mom well we wont go there as many have before[/quote]

    Yeah, man. He’s actually in jail right now, and I’m typing this at his cell’s computer. Don’t you know that every person in jail here in Brasil has a cell phone, a TV and a computer with broad band internet? The company that provides this service is called Jailhouse Telecom. Oh, and acording to the americans, everybody here have a jaguar or a monkey as a pet.
    About my mom, leave her. She’s dead by now.

    [quote]as she wont even give you the time of day[/quote]

    Brasilians that are machists? You just want a woman to serve you? to cook for you?
    Or just a sex slave? Hey man, this idea sounds great! But I guess that’s why you had to come here to find a woman. American woman simply don’t fit in your wishes.

    [quote]And concerning the wealth of Southern Brazil,
    please explain why in Rio alooone, there are over 600 favelas !
    and even more in your wealthiest city….SP ![/quote]

    Yeah, that’s the american knowledgement of Brasil. Rio and Sao Paulo are in the south. The same way Buenos Aires is our Capital.

    You simply don’t get the fact that Brasil isn’t Plain. The education Is not equal for everyone. If you are poor, you, most of the times, will get a shit education. And if you don’t have education you will pretty much be a boring person and worst, probably will have problems with your ethics, principles, etc. Got it? No?
    again i forgot: you just want a woman to cook for you, isn’t?
    Do you know Professor and JoÀƒ£o da Silva That coment on this site?
    Their kind of brasilian women you’ll never have Forrest, simply because you are a low level, stupidy, repressed that thought was a prince with his cinderella when “”Showning the world” to his poor wife.

    You are really a “MangolÀƒ£o”. HUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUAHUA!! Fool.

  • bo

    Is the title…
    of this article a shock to anyone??

    What laws are obeyed in brazil? Better yet, what percentage do you think are enforced?

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    i judge on merit and sprit
    are you from Hawaii as HUA stands for head up ass but is sounds like you and your post .

    all those hillbillies are controlling congress it looks like even your president is one ,now the congress is saying look at what they have done to our country well it did not get that way in 6 years , after years of putting up with the south sucking the wealth out of the north you and yours are paying the price , your nice neighborhood over run with drug gangs, you schools filled to overflowing with under class kids ,

    its good to have a lower class wife , at least she can make a full course meal with little of nothing , while you if the maid goes on strike you have to order out or go to Brazil’s second Mecca MC Donald’s.

  • ch.c.

    continued….for Magnus Brasil !
    And concerning the wealth of Southern Brazil,
    please explain why in Rio alooone, there are over 600 favelas !
    and even more in your wealthiest city….SP !

    Strange….isnt it ?

    your wealth description doesnt match…with your stats !

    Yesssss…very sad Magnus the Minus !!!!

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    but it was in english and the subtitles were portguese so a lot was lost in the translation
    the things you dont know sence you live on the sholders of the poor you and yours have taken adavatage of over the past 100 years is that they are the hart and soul of brazil , as no matter what your kind have done to them they still survive ,
    and live out there lives ,
    you look to the south of brazil to be grate , your rich and fancy homes , the condos , boats
    but you and your kind live in the soap opra world the poor laugh at every night on TV .
    as for as you models and famous where do they spend most of there time .

    not brazil all have places in other countries
    as for gringoes that marry rich brazilians women they become brazilians personfide into the class socity you love
    and they cant do any thing for themselves eather .
    i know a gringo whom married a rich woman from SP he is a waste of skin just like his wife and kids have to have every thing done for them
    YES i send money to my family that is how it is done it is as i feel my responsability to help all members of my social family not to hord and live better then them because i can , but to help as all familys want better for there children than they had ,
    that is why your dad is a thief and your mom well we wont go there as many have before

    do your self a favor choose a woman for her hart not her class or her ass . it all changes it time
    Giseles BÀƒ¼ndchen’s if that is your choice for the ideal brazilian woman you are in for a big disipoment in life
    as she wont even give you the time of day

  • ch.c.

    looks like that Bunge……
    …is the only company in Brazil not abiding by the laws !
    Quite normal for Brazil to fingerpoint…ONLY ONE FOREIGN company….at a time !
    But never brazilians companies !

    Typical of the Brazilian dirty tricks !

    And to the idiot Magnus Brasil, all brazilians women have secrets dreams : to get out of your fucking country….due to the fucking brazilians males…like Youuuu !
    You just want to procreate…and leave !
    Of course without caring for your children !
    And even less paying for their food and education !

    It certainly plays an important role to your country poverty !!!!!

    Most Brazilians women leaving your country never go back ! Except for vacations to see their family members….once every 2 to 4 years !

  • Magnus Brasil

    There goes the fool again…
    Again he’s judging brasilians by his wife…tsk;tsk;tsk

    It’s amazing how foreigners just marry women from the northeast or Rio…
    If you are doing some humanitarium work by marryeng them, for me it’s fine 😉
    Makes me wonder why no gringo marrys girls from the south, after all, there you find the Giseles BÀƒ¼ndchen’s look a likes…
    Do you know why? Because normal brasilian girls don’t marry gringos in your’s situation

    In the northeast they are dying to find a gringo and get out of the misery they live in. and THAT’S your case my friend, no matter what you say. We already saw this movie.

    By the way, do you still sends money to your inlaws? HUAHUAHUAHUA

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    do people from green peice drive cars
    how many people read what is on the lable !
    and how many know what it is once they read it
    just the math required to understand the lable is beond most persons , unless you sell drugs

    parts per million , 0.340%
    green peace
    turn to the smoke from the cain fileds .
    the runnoff from the hotels built on the beaches with bad sewers .
    clean the ditry ditch that runs through recife
    stop the fishermen that keep any thing that has eyes
    that would be a victory

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