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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fears” examines the Cartagena Protocol, an international agreement on biosafety that’s coming under criticism for being outdated and out of touch with the current state of genetic engineering science, and …

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 …

B4FA Week in Review – 27 July 2016

July 27th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Earlier this month, the United Nations launched the inaugural report on the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 takes a snapshot of where we are now, against which progress on the SDGs will be measured over the next 15 years. On the occasion of …

B4FA Week in Review – 20 July 2016

July 20th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Last week, the US Senate passed a bill to create federal standards for the labelling of GM food using QR codes that would redirect consumers to web pages with information about products. It seems generally agreed that the solution represents a good compromise between those who wish to not unfairly stigmatise …

B4FA Week in Review – 13 July 2016

July 13th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week in world news, the United States Senate passed a bill that would create a national standard for labeling food containing genetically modified organisms. If the bill is passed into law, it will prevent states from enacting their own individual labeling requirements, and instead will set a national standard. …