Risk Analyzes of Transgenic Seeds

On the eve, officials from the Ministry of Health and other agencies gathered to discuss the introduction of a new technology for agricultural production, through the use of transgenic seeds. The activity was held in the auditorium of the MSP. On the occasion, Dr. Laura Mendoza, director of the National Institute of Food and Nutrition (INAN) argued that what is sought through the use of genetically engineered seeds, is to provide the crop more resistant to insects, weeds and diseases also to develop resistance to climate change, such as frost and drought, and of course, generate higher yields. Another objective to be achieved through the inclusion of this new technology is to guide the processing and production, ie modification of oils, fatty acids and proteins; consumer oriented on nutritional quality and improved some components such as caffeine and allergens, as well as a vaccine vehicle. He said that in the world there are plenty of genetically modified foods, in various countries, about 29 or so, which adopted the use of transgenic seeds.

Paraguay has a regulatory body for the approval of genetically modified foods, called CONBIO (National Biosafety Commission, Agriculture and Forestry), where, through rules and regulations evaluates and inspects the use of transgenics, assessing the effects on humans , plants and the environment, as well as food security, soil impact and shopping convenience. “The aim of the CONBIO, is to attend, analyze and recommend everything that concerns the introduction, field trials, research and experimentation, controlled release to the environment and other proposed uses of genetically modified organisms,” said the professional. This Commission is involved several agencies, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, MSPyBS, Industry and Trade, autonomous agencies dependent MAG (SENAVE SENACSA), Ministry of Environment, A, through the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences , Veterinary and Natural Sciences.

Article 16 authorizes the Commission to turn to if they so deem proper to resort to national and international institutions, with proven experience in both the public and private sectors, in order to get technical, administrative and training. Mendoza said there is regulation of international standards on the safety of genetically modified foods.

In different countries, everyone has a law for the approval process of these types of foods. Local Situation Paraguay is ranked as the seventh country which makes use of a genetically modified organism, through soy officially released for marketing. A study by SENAVE, in 2010, showed that in 5 departments positive results were obtained with the use of transgenics, by 31.5 percent. A genetically modified organism is any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material, and we kept in the application of modern technology.