Brazil’s agriculture under scrutiny in the wake of Amazon fires

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) – Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest have receded slightly since President Jair Bolsonaro sent in the military to help battle the blazes, but international fallout accelerated as a major shoemaker said it would not buy supplies from Brazil. Brazil has registered 2,696 fires in the Amazon in the five days since […] Read more

Brazil is the world's largest exporter of soybeans, the vast majority of which are genetically modified organisms (GMO). Many newer GMOs, however, are not used in Brazil because they are not approved for sale in China, the largest customer for the Brazilian farm sector. | File photo

Brazil foreign minister urges China to improve GMO approvals

BRASILIA, April 25 (Reuters) – Brazil Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said on Thursday that the country must work with China to reduce non-tariff barriers to agriculture trade, including improving the process for genetically modified goods. Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of soybeans, the vast majority of which are genetically modified organisms (GMO). Many newer […] Read more

Brazil shifting to self-monitoring of food, meat plants – minister

BRASILIA – Brazil is moving toward a self-monitoring system for food processors, Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said on Friday, including meatpackers still recovering from an inspection scandal that hurt trade with key markets. Dias said in an interview that the South American nation’s new business-friendly government plans to send draft legislation on self-monitoring to […] Read more