Latin nations differ in world biosafety talks


As some journalists reported it, last month’s hectic but ultimately inconclusive talks here to regulate trade in genetically modified organisms divided neatly along North vs. South lines. A look at Latin America, however, reveals a more complex breakdown. Latin nations have only begun taking positions on the issue. And in at least some cases, they’re doing so according to how heavily genetically modified plants, animals and other organisms might figure in their economic futures. Consider the so-called Miami Group of countries, which at February’s UN-sponsored talks blocked adoption of what would have been the first global treaty governing trade in these products. Named for the site of their first and only meeting, these food-exporting countries include the United States, Canada, Australia and... [Log in to read more]

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