Sunflower gene in soybeans to fight drought
The most sensational quote came from Carlos Manessi, vice president of the center for environmental protection in Santa Fe, who said soybean production can negatively influence rural communities by reducing the country’s rural population more than is already occurring. He complained that biotech soybeans will continue to take over areas that were once used for other crops that are much more labor intensive, such as fruit groves.
"Why? Because soy crops require very little labor, but also because of the huge amount of chemicals used, which forces people to leave," he is quoted as saying.
But Chan, the research head, is quoted as saying, "The idea is not to reduce the amount of arable land. Rather, (biotech advances) allow producers to have the same return using less land."
Argentina’s government registration for the new biotech seed is anticipated to occur about 2015 if progress continues as expected with the data package, licensing and field research.