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Brazil Clears Planting Of Bayer GMO Soy

Brazil’s biotechnology agency CTNBio said Nov. 19 it approved the commercial planting of a genetically modified soybean variety produced by Bayer that’s resistant to glyphosate.

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, which is also resistant to glyphosate, is the only other GMO soy approved for commercial use in Brazil, which legalized the commercial use of transgenic crops, according to the GMO industry non-governmental organization CIB.

Bayer CropScience’s GM soy variety will be the first rival to pose a threat to Monsanto’s grip on Brazil’s transgenic soy seed market.

Several GMO cotton and corn varieties have been also cleared for commercial planting in Brazil.

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