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examines the Cartagena Protocol, an international agreement on biosafety that’s coming under criticism for being outdated and out of touch with the current state of genetic engineering science, and …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

B4FA Week in Review – 6 July 2016

July 6th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, more than 100 Nobel laureates signed an open letter taking a stand in support of GM crops and asking environmental NGO Greenpeace to stop its anti-GM campaign, particularly against Vitaman A-fortified Golden Rice. The letter states that “scientific and regulatory agencies around the world have repeatedly and consistently found crops and foods improved through biotechnology to be as …

B4FA Week in Review – 29 June 2016

June 29th, 2016 / B4FA.org

We are continuing the dialogue on the recent decision by the European parliament to oppose the promotion of large-scale farming and the use of GM seeds in Africa. As previously reported, Mara Heubuch’s report criticizing the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) was adopted by the European Parliament with 577 MEPs rejecting support for the NAFSN …

B4FA Week in Review – 22 June 2016

June 22nd, 2016 / B4FA.org

B4FA continues the dialogue on the recent decision by the European parliament to stand against the promotion of large-scale farming and the use of GM seeds in Africa. As we reported last week, Mara Heubuch’s report criticizing the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) was adopted by the European Parliament with 577 …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 June 2016

June 15th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Last week, on 7 June, the European parliament took a stance against the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) – a partnership of the G7 countries with 10 African countries aiming to bring 50 million people out of poverty by 2050 by enabling investment in agricultural sectors.
Mara Heubuch, the …