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Buenos Aires, May 6 (Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand on Friday approved the sale and use of food derived from HB4 wheat, a genetically engineered organism developed by Argentine company Bioceras to withstand drought and herbicides.
Argentina, one of the world’s largest grain exporters, was the first country to approve GM wheat in 2020, and may continue to do so in 2021 if global supplies are reduced as a result of the war between Brazil and Russia. Ukraine ..
“Today we are pleased to announce that Australia has approved HB4® wheat, which will withstand water pressure. This is a major improvement,” Bioceres said on its Twitter account.
Australians and New Zealanders share a regulatory body in this matter.
Argentina recorded a wheat production of 21.8 million tonnes in the 2021/22 cycle, although a slight decline is expected in the next campaign due to unfavorable weather.
South America, a leading exporter of soybeans and corn, is a pioneer in the use of GMOs in both crops.
(Report by Nicholas Miskul; Editing by George Ottola)
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