Australia has approved transgenic wheat grown in Argentina

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Australia has approved transgenic wheat grown in Argentina

Australia is one of the countries that has experienced major droughts recently.

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Australia, one of the world’s major producers, has now approved transgenic wheat (HB4), an event developed by the company Bioceres and it provides tolerance to water stress.

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According to the resolution published by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the application we submitted for the sale and use of foods derived from HB4 Wheat has been reviewed and, so far, has been approved.

HB4 wheat was first approved in Argentina in 2020, then it was approved in Brazil in 2021 and a few months ago in Colombia. And now it’s Australia’s turn, one of the major markets for producing and exporting this cereal in the world and one of the countries that has recently experienced major droughts.

According to official data from the ocean country, wheat production during the previous campaign reached 30 million tons, of which it exported approximately 24 million tons.

Last week China approved the HB4 gene for soybeans. Thus, for oilseed, it was approved by Argentina (2015), Paraguay (2019), Brazil (2019), United States (2019), and Canada (2021).

Source: Clarin

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