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Venezuela: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Despite the private sector's support for biotechnology, Venezuela maintains a ban on the domestic use and research of modern biotechnology-derived agriculture. Venezuela’s basis for the ban is through the Seed Law of December 2015, which also prohibits the importation of genetically engineered (GE) seeds.
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Brazil: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Brazil is the second-largest producer of biotech crops in the world with 105 events approved. For the 2022/2023 crop season, FAS Brasilia forecasts 68 million hectares planted with GE traits. Adoption rates for soybeans and cotton reached 99 percent and for corn, 95 percent.
Health Canada opened pre-consultations on a proposed new regulatory framework for foods for special dietary use and infant foods, which include categories such as infant formula, prepackaged human milk, medical foods, gluten-free foods, formulated...
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Honduras: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Honduras has made no modifications or changes to its existing regulatory framework. As of October 2023, Honduras had more than 55,000 hectares (ha) of genetically engineered (GE) corn production, a 6% increase from CY 2022. Two crop event approvals...
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Mexico: Cotton and Products Update

Post forecasts marketing year (MY) 2023/24 production at 0.92 million 480-lb bales, a 42 percent decline compared to MY 2022/23 due to higher input costs, drought conditions, power outages, and lack of access to new genetically engineered seed...
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Canada: Canada Offers Additional CARM Onboarding Webinars

As Canada’s new Assessment and Revenue Management project (CARM) becomes mandatory in May 2024, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) offers additional webinars for businesses to become familiar with this new electronic customs platform, and...
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Ecuador: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

On January 20, 2022, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador declared the unconstitutionality of article 56 of the Law on Seeds, Agrobiodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture, which allowed the President of the Republic to authorize the introduction of GE...
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Canada: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

In September 2023, the government of Canada published a draft guidance document for plant breeders and feed manufacturers that reinforces Canada’s product-based approach and provides guidance on how Canada’s Feeds Act and Feeds Regulations are...
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Peru: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Peru continues to enforce the extended biotechnology moratorium. In February 2021, Peru extended the previous ten-year biotechnology moratorium for another fifteen years. Similar to the previous moratorium, Peru has yet to notify the measure to the...
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Panama: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Although Panama highlighted the use of biotechnology in its Agricultural State Policy Law 352 of 2023, Panama has not yet established the implementing regulations of Law 48 of 2002, which created the National Commission of Biosafety for Genetically...
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Brazil: Cotton and Products Update

Following USDA’s revision of Brazil’s cotton balance sheet, production estimates moved one year ahead, meaning that Marketing Year (MY) 2023/24 cotton is equivalent to production bales entering the market in 2023, and not 2024. Post maintained its...
On November 6, 2023, Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture (SADER) published Official Mexican Standard NOM-012-SAG/ZOO-2020: Specifications for the Regulation of Products for Animal Use or Consumption. The standard outlines specifications for the...