Argentina becomes the first country to approve genetically modified wheat

Argentina has become the first country to approve the growth and consumption of genetically modified wheat.

The country's National Commission for Science and Technology (CONICET) said it had approved a drought-resistant variety of wheat known as HB4.

Argentina is the world's fourth-largest exporter of the crop.

Despite the decision, some are concerned that GMO (genetically modified organisms) products like wheat could have adverse environmental or health impacts. Some agricultural groups are also concerned it could stigmatise Argentinian produce on global markets.

CONICET admitted that the wheat would also have to be approved in Brazil, historically the country's biggest export market, to be commercially viable.

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Location: Argentina