Europese voedselinspecteurs naar Brazilië
Nu de verbouwing van GG-soja in Brazilië wettelijk is toegestaan, groeit het aandeel GG-soja sprongsgewijs. Men verwacht dit jaar een aanplant van 50% GG-soja, tegen vorig jaar ca 25%. Voor Europa, waar nog altijd een markt ligt voor GGO-vrije soja, is de vraag hoe gescheiden opslag en transport wordt gerealiseerd.
EU mission to inspect Brazil’s transgenic soy in march-report
was once one of the only places to find GMO-free soybeans, but farmers turned to Roundup Ready this year, which helps them reduce spending on herbicides for weed control. The EU has the most strict market requirements for GMO foods. It is likely that the mission will seek to judge whether Brazilian trade companies are separating storage of GMO and traditional soybeans in warehouses and silos at export terminals and not mixing the two. "There is going to be a niche market for GMO soybeans, but that market is shrinking. The EU will be the niche, but a new line of trade must be sought," Steve Cachia, a market analyst at Cerealpar, told Dow Jones Newswires. "That new line is going to have to include higher prices for non-GMO soybeans because of separation costs," Cachia said. The EU does import GMO soybeans from SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)–European food inspectors are expected to visit Brazilian genetically-modified soybean farms and related sites for the first time in March, the local Estado newswire reported Monday. The move comes at a time when Brazilian soy farmers are quickly moving away from traditional soy seeds and planting GMO soy. Some 50% of the new 2006-07 crop is expected to be GMO soy, according to a survey of farmers and cooperatives by the grain brokerage firm Cerealpar. Last year, just 25% was GMO. Brazil’s government permits Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy seeds to be planted nationwide. BrazilBrazil. Of the total $49 billion in Brazil’s agriculture exports in 2006, 31% of that value came from EU markets, according to the Monday newswire report. Brazil is the world’s No. 2 soy producer and exporter behind the U.S.
SOURCE: Agriculture Online, USA
via GENET, Jan 15, 2007