Colombia green lights first homegrown, patent-free GMO corn variety

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The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has just authorized the planting of the country’s first homegrown GMO corn variety. The seeds were developed with technologies whose patents have expired, making them ‘open source’ …. Therefore, royalties will not be paid on the seeds.

The seed variety is highly resistant to lepidoptera insects, a major corn pest around the world, as well as glufosinate-based herbicides.

GM crops have been authorized for planting and consumption in Colombia since 2005 …. However, these crops were developed in other countries.

The variety just approved by the ICA was developed entirely in Colombia, and offers local growers the opportunity to achieve higher crops yields than was previously possible.

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[Editor’s note: This article was published in Spanish and has been translated and edited for clarity.]

Read full, original article: Colombia approves its first patent-free transgenic corn and developed by a national laboratory

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