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Local seed supply systems challenge GMOs


Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil, one of the world?s biggest soy producing areas, is proposing a moratorium on the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The state government wants to ban GMOs from agricultural produce by declaring a ?transgenetic free zone?. In order to gain support for this initiative it has called for an open, multi-sector public discussion. The Centro Ecólogico, CAPA and CETAP responded to this challenge and concentrated on involving family farmers in this discussion.

Awareness-raising amongst family farmers has been relatively easy as the three NGOs have been co-operating with them for years. Together they developed and implemented small-scale seed conservation techniques and marketed ecological products. Based on their knowledge of feasible alternatives, the majority of small and medium farmers and consumers seem to support a ?Transgenetic Free Zone?. Contrary to GMOs, the ecological alternatives help improve the socio-economic position of small and medium-scale farmers by diminishing their dependency on external inputs and enhance the preservation of biodiversity.


contacts: for more information on the history, background, context, strategies and successes, and obstacles surrounding this project, visit the Encyclopedia of Sustainability at www.bothends.org
Location: Brazil
Action: Direct
Setting: Semi-Developed
Extent of Action: Regional (within a country)
Issues: Agriculture
Year(s): 1999
Outcome in progress
Source: Bothends.org


Prepared By: rja, 9/01
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