211.5 Governance from the Alto da serra: Transgenic and technology on the highland plateau of Santa Catarina/Brazil

Thursday, August 2, 2012: 10:20 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
Marcia MAZON , Sociologia e Ciência Política, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
The expected increase of Earth population between 2 and 3 billion inhabitants until the year of 2050 makes a more intensive and productive agriculture a solution for alimentation. This same intensiveness of land  and pesticides use opens the dilemma of environmental threat to the planet. Reducing impacts of agriculture without reducing the production is a matter of urgency.  Brazil presents itself as a featured and controversial actor on the stage of “global storehouse” of impasses. The only one signatory from the Cartagena Protocol to hold the one of the biggest volumes of transgenic soybean production. Researchers  point out the alternatives of agricultural zoning as a possible reducer of environmental damage from agriculture. In this article we present the case of the highland region of Santa Catarina/Brazil – transgenic soyfarmer small and medium-sized wich mobilize high-technology - as a support for the reflection about environmental governance of the transgenic as well as how to think  about limit and challenges.