Argentina becomes first nation to approve drought-resistant GMO wheat

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Argentina has become the first country in the world to approve the use of drought-resistant genetically modified (GMO) wheat, the South American nation’s agriculture ministry announced.

In collaboration with the National Commission for Science and Technology (CONICET), the drought-resistant HB4 wheat variety has been developed by Argentine biotech company Bioceres.

“This is the first approval in the world for drought-tolerant genetic transformation in wheat,” CONICET said in a statement.