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Brazil Supreme Court backs fines on GMO use

The Brazilian authorities may still impose fines in determined situations despite a law that revoked a ban on the planting of genetically modified crops in conservation areas and buffer zones, national media report. A ruling in the second instance from the Supreme Court has denied a soybean grower recourse against a fine he had suffered in Parana state, whom the environmental agency, the Ibama, had fined. It had imposed the fine on a grower who had planted GM soybeans in a buffer zone of a conservation unit of the Iguaçu national park. The Ibama employed another law for an environmental offence.

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