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B4FA Week in Review – 31 August 2016

August 31st, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, we highlight two features that examine the GMO labeling controversy and question the motives of those who do and do not advocate the practice. In Forbes’ “What’s really motivating efforts to mandate GMO labeling?” the author argues that “right to know” activists are in reality pushing forward another agenda – …

B4FA Week in Review – 24 August 2016

August 24th, 2016 / B4FA.org

In Quartz this week, Calestous Juma writes about the future of African innovation (“Technology will drive scientific progress in Africa not the other way round”), arguing that innovation would most efficiently be led by solution-oriented technology rather than by basic scientific research. “The basic assumption is that science leads to technology,” …

B4FA Week in Review – 17 August 2016

August 17th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, China has announced it plans to allocate more resources to GM crop R&D. In its recently published five-year plan for science and technology, China’s State Council has stated it will push for the commercialisation of GM herbicide-resistant soybeans and pest-resistant corn to raise production efficiency. To date, China has …

B4FA Week in Review – 10 August 2016

August 10th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, author Andrew Porterfield’s piece “Global trade treaties on firing line: Cartagena Protocol, relic of earlier era promoting GMO fears” examines the Cartagena Protocol, an international agreement on biosafety that’s coming under criticism for being outdated and out of touch with the current state of genetic engineering science, and …

B4FA Week in Review – 3 August 2016

August 5th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Firstly this week, hearty congratulations to B4FA Fellows in Uganda. One of them, Lominda Afedraru told us, “I am most humbled. B4FA fellows Lominda Afedraru, Micheal J Ssali and Christopher Bendana were yesterday given awards by Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) together with Uganda Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium …