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Montevideo, October 19th 2018 - 17:53 UTC


  • Saturday, December 23rd 2017 - 09:46 UTC

    Chemicals less and less effective against Asian rust in Brazil's soybean fields

    There is mounting concern that fungicide use on soybeans -- Brazil’s biggest crop -- may have reached a limit, at least until new chemicals are developed.

    Over almost two decades, a plant disease known as Asian rust has infiltrated soybean fields across Brazil -- the world’s biggest exporter of the versatile oilseed used in countless consumer products. But the pathogen has become so resistant to chemicals meant to kill it that many farmers spray several times during their growing seasons, and still endure output losses.

  • Wednesday, July 10th 2013 - 17:35 UTC

    Brazil’s research company which turned the country into world breadbasket turns 40

    Mauricio Lopes, Embrapa's recently-appointed president

    Embrapa (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisas Agropecuarias) created tropical agriculture in Brazil, thus allowing the country to become the giant food producer it is today. Hailed for the work done in adapting soybeans to the hot, humid, acidic climes of the Cerrado savannah, where nearly 17% of the world's beans are now cultivated, the state-run research company is a national treasure.

  • Monday, June 4th 2012 - 06:22 UTC

    Major GM soy legal feud between Monsanto and five million Brazilian farmers

    Allegedly the first transgenic soy seeds were illegally smuggled into Brazil from neighbouring Argentina in 1998

    Illegally smuggled into Brazil 14 years ago, transgenic soy has proved a boon to domestic farmers and now accounts for 85 percent of total production. But five million Brazilian farmers are now locked in a legal feud with US biotech giant Monsanto, the GM soy seed manufacturer, and are refusing to pay crop royalties.