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Judges question the release of GE soya
This is a translation by Greenpeace Brazil of the full article posted earlier to the ngin list.
26/07/2001 18:11:19 ESPECIAL - GloboNews.com - 'JuÃzes questionam liberaÃ§Ã£o de soja transgÃªnica', by Maria LÃºcia Delgado, BRASÃLIA, 26 (Globonews.com)
The Brazilian Association of Federal Judges has decided to alert the Federal Government before the Minister of Agriculture, Pratini de Moraes, goes ahead to allow the commercial planting of GE soya next week. "If he does this, the minister will certainly be breaking the law and be subject to face legal penalties. It is a crime", said Federal Judge Flavio Dino, the president of the Association.
Because of the decision at the Federal Justice of Brazil, the production and commercial use of these GM crops can only be authorised after EIA-RIMA, environmental impact study, have been carried out. Besides this, measures have been taken by the Federal Justice to ensure producers of such modified crops must observe biosafety rules, and labelling rules, informing consumers if products contain genetically modified organisms.
"We are alerting the government to avoid a confrontational situation between the Federal Justice and the Ministry. We hope that the General Advocacy of the State and the Ministry of the Environment will evaluate this situation better", said FlÃ¡vio Dino.
The commercialisation of modified crops was questioned in the Justice by the Public Security in 1999. The Government and the multinational Monsanto, that developed modified soya, questioned this decision. It was confirmed by TRF-DF11 TRF-DF is the second instance of Justice. They confirmed the decision to not allow RR soya before the environemtal impact study.. Now it depends on the Superior Tribunal for Justice to judge this matter.
Following this judgement, any public or private agent who breaks this decision of TRF-DF (produce and commercialise GMOs) will be subject to a fine of R$ 10,000 per day, and besides this will face other legal penalties.Online news in portuguese available at: http://globonews.globo.com/GloboNews/article/0,6993,A75987- 10,00.html