Ship Full Of GM Corn Tuned Away From Brazil

Wednesday, June 28, 2000
A cargo of Argentine corn purchased by Brazilian poultry and pig farms tested positive for genetically modified (GM) material and may not enter Brazil, the Agriculture Ministry said last week. Last week, ministry analysts tested samples taken from the 38,000-ton cargo, originally shipped by the Uruguayan subsidiary of private U.S. grain giant Cargill, and detected certain proteins that prove transgenic alteration. The vessel carrying the corn was not permitted to unload its cargo at the northern Brazilian port of Recife, capital of Pernambuco state, and has been lying offshore while the government team conducted its DNA tests over a number of days. "I sent a fax to the ministry representative advising him not to allow the ship into port so the importer would have the option of returning or exporting the grain to another country," said ministry department chief Luiz Carlos de Oliveira. Brazil outlaws the growing and marketing of genetically altered grains while neighboring Argentina, its largest trading partner and ally in the Mercosur bloc, is a major producer of GM corn and soybeans. Brazil, which cites environmental and human health concerns for its opposition to GM, is the hemisphere's last major competitor to the United States not to follow it down the transgenic trail. Despite growing more than 30 million tons of its own corn a year, Brazil still imports to meet internal demand. This year, due to a drought over the southern farmlands, demand is expected to exceed supply by at least two million tons. This corn was bought for use as animal feed by the Brazilian poultry industry, the world's largest, which along with its pig industry is the country's largest corn consumer.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Bulk Carrier Trends

Diana Charters Out Two Bulkers

Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Bunge S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels,

Higher Capesize Demand Pushes up Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday buoyed by higher demand for capesize vessels.

BIMCO: BDI Conducts the Demolition Activity

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) ’s positive effect on capacity being removed from the fleet did not continue into Q2 2016, as capesize demolition came to a halt. The

Workboats

Bay Shipbuilding Delivers ATB to Moran

Fincantieri Marine Group’s Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) has delivered the Articulated Tug Barge unit (ATB) Barbara Carol Ann Moran and the 110,000-barrel

Tech & Design Solutions for Modern Workboats

EPA Tier 4 regulations (for engines of 804 hp and higher) and propulsion advancements have many manufacturers and vessel designers changing course to adapt to new requirements and customer demands.

Seacat Services Secures Burbo Bank Charter Deal

DONG Energy has awarded  offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services with the supply contract for all crew transfer services at its 258MW Burbo Bank

 
 
Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0767 sec (13 req/sec)