The GMO Controversy and Its Effects on Brazil's Agricultural Sector
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The investigation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a recently popularized issue within the realm of international science and technology research. It has been a mere 18 years since the United States’ FDA declared that genetically engineered foods are not inherently dangerous and do not require special regulation. In the midst of the publicized controversy surrounding the idea of genetically engineered food items, Brazil has been caught between two differing forces in the agricultural realm: commercial farmers, researchers, and agribusiness vs. environmentalists and consumer advocates. The history of GMO production in Brazil encompasses heated battles due to both internal and external disagreements. In addition to a general concern about the risks of growing and consuming bioengineered agriculture, the Brazilian government has struggled to integrate GMOs into the farming sector because Brazil’s largest agricultural importer, the European Union, has remained hostile to GMOs, placing strict rules on the importation, labeling, and distribution of these foods within their markets.
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