Conflict question raised after GM-sugarcane vote


One month after a Brazilian regulatory body issued the world’s first approval for commercial use of genetically modified sugarcane, the president of that body has come under investigation for a possible conflict of interest. Brazil’s National Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio) voted 15-3 on June 6 to allow the Sugarcane Technological Center (CTC), a private Brazilian research company, to sell a type of sugarcane that has been bioengineered to produce its own pesticide. Among those voting in favor was CTNBio President Edivaldo Domingues Velini, a professor of agro-sciences at São Paulo State University. Domingues Velini has been a shareholder in Agro-Analítica, a Brazilian agribusiness consultancy that in March organized an event, TecnoCana, to promote transgenic sugarcane, says Marco Antônio Delfino, a prosecutor who... [Log in to read more]

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