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In Brazil, incoming ag. minister sees GM corn imports

(Monday, Dec. 16, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- Reuters via Agnet: Brazil's new agriculture minister Roberto Rodrigues said on Monday that Brazil would need to import corn next year from transgenic growers, such as the United States and Argentina, to feed its livestock, but added in an interview on Globo television that this would only be done under strict scientific controls and labeling so as to protect public health and the environment, stating, "Corn is needed to feed poultry, pigs and dairy cattle but will only be imported after absolutely strict scientific studies and labeling."

Rodrigues, 60, is president of the Brazilian Association of Agribusiness (Abag), a former president of the International Agricultural Cooperative Alliance, and a political independent. An agronomist by training, Rodrigues is also a soy and sugar cane farmer.