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B4FA Week in Review – 12 October 2016

October 12th, 2016 / B4FA.org

In global news this week, the EU Parliament opposed European Commission plans to authorize five new GMO products in a vote on October 6. MEPs expressed worry that maize Bt11 and maize 1507 could harm “non-target” species of butterflies and moths, and questioned the concept, introduced by the European Food Safety …

B4FA Week in Review – 5 October 2016

October 5th, 2016 / B4FA.org

In a week when the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched its Africa Agriculture Outlook 2016-2025, an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa in the next decade, we include a number of other stories looking at the development of African agriculture. In …

B4FA Week in Review – 28 September 2016

September 28th, 2016 / B4FA.org

As German pharmaceutical and agricultural company Bayer and American seed and herbicide company Monsanto finally appear to be sealing the deal on their long-awaited merger, many are speculating about the pros and cons of the agreement, the dangers of monopoly, and how the takeover may affect industrial agriculture all over …

B4FA Week in Review – 21 September 2016

September 21st, 2016 / B4FA.org

At the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi earlier this month, Dr Kanayo F Nwanze was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize. Dr Nwanze, President of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), was recognized for his efforts at advocating the importance of making Africa’s smallholder farmers economically viable in the context of …

B4FA Week in Review – 14 September 2016

September 14th, 2016 / B4FA.org

“We live in interesting times”, wrote biologist Vivian Moses in “The debate over GM crops is making history“, a piece that appeared in Nature this week. For the last two decades, humans have been embroiled in fierce controversy over genetically modified crops – a debate that is shaping our future and …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 September 2016

September 7th, 2016 / B4FA.org

In celebration of World Water Week, more than 2,500 experts and policymakers gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, last week to think about the state and future of the planet’s most important resource. Organized by Stockholm International Water Institute, the conference saw leaders considering the theme “Water for Sustainable Growth” –including the …

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 …