Australia and New Zealand approve the sale and use of Argentine GM wheat


BUENOS AIRES, May 6 (Reuters)Australia and New Zealand have approved the sale and use of foods containing so-called HB4 wheat, a genetically modified (GMO) variety developed by the Argentine company Bioceres BIOX.BA to withstand drought and herbicides, the firm said on Friday.

Argentina, one of the world’s biggest wheat exporters, was the first country to approve GM wheat in 2020, followed by Brazil in 2021, a trend that could continue if global supply is even more limited. by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Today we are pleased to announce that Australia has approved the moisture stress tolerant HB4® wheat. This is a huge step forward,” Bioceres said on Twitter.

The South American nation produced a record 21.8 million tonnes of wheat in the 2021/22 season, although a slight drop in production is expected in the next season due to unfavorable weather conditions. .

Argentina, also one of the main exporters of soybeans and corn, was the first to use GMO cereals for these crops.

So-called GMO or transgenic crops include genetic modifications created by adding genes from unrelated species.

(Reporting by Nicolas Misculin; Writing by Carolina Pulice; Editing by Anthony Esposito and Sandra Maler)

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