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In Uganda, anti-GMO scare tactics even taint conventional hybrid crops

January 17th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
It’s unclear when or if Uganda will grow GMO bananas or any other genetically engineered comment. The nation’s president, Yoweri Museveni, is refusing to sign the recently-approved National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, which seeks to pave the way for GMOs.
Scientists in Uganda, working under the National …

Are GMOs the key to global food security?

January 17th, 2018 / Devex,com

What happens when we remove multinationals and corporate profit from the GMO debate? In this four part series, Devex looks at how perspectives of doing good through science versus corporate interests changes the outcome of the polarized GMO issue.
Food security is, and will continue to be, one of our …

Talking Biotech: Bayer geneticist Ray Shillito on communicating with the public about agricultural biotechnology

January 15th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Podcast:
Ray Shillito is a scientist that spent the early part of his career in plant transformation, attempting novel approaches in the early 1980s. It was a time of rapid development of new techniques, and a race to move genes into plants with the goal of genetic improvement. Shillito shares his …

Rwanda takes early steps towards legalising GMOs

January 12th, 2018 / New Times, Rwanda

Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has drafted a law governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Rwanda which will soon be forwarded to the Rwanda Law Reform Commission for review.
The draft bill was prepared along with the National Biosafety Framework, biosafety policy and regulations according to officials.
The objective of the legislation …

Role of biotechnology in ensuring food security, sustainable agriculture

January 12th, 2018 / Nigerian Observer

By most accounts, low agricultural production is one of the prevailing factors behind the high incidence of poverty and food insecurity across the world.
However, concerned observers note that most poor and food insecure people in the world live in developing countries and rural areas.
They say that one of the most …

GMO crops could help stem famine and future global conflicts

January 12th, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

Though there a few GE drought-tolerant crops on the market today, scientists all over the world are developing new crops in an effort to better prepare farmers for the increasingly severe droughts we expect to see.
Researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa are working to genetically …

Researchers find genetic mechanism that could enhance cereal yields

January 11th, 2018 / ISAAA, US

A research team from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center led by Andrea Eveland has identified a genetic mechanism that could increase the yields of cereal crops. The team performed the research in Setaria viridis, a grass that is closely related to economically important cereal crops and bioenergy feed stocks …

Scientists project good harvest this year, as plans to release BT cotton, Cowpea, others gain support

January 10th, 2018 / Nigerian Tribune

Scientists in Nigeria have said that plans to release BT cotton, Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea, Genetically Modified Cassava and other crops have been given green light, as Confined Field Trial for these crops have been conducted successfully.
The scientists also said that the formal release of these crops to farmers …

What innovations in food production are likely to have significant Impact in the next decade?

January 10th, 2018 / The Borlaug Blog, World Food Prize

Dr. Robert Mwanga, 2016 World Food Prize Laureate, writes:
“Innovations in food production” is a broad topic. These innovations are diverse and hold immense potential in addressing hunger in the world, but the main critical factors to significantly impact planet earth in the next decade must be considered first. We must …

GM potato: Variety could deflate GMO myths’ bubble in Uganda

January 10th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Uganda is steadily progressing towards having a potato that will not require chemical spraying. This is because scientists at National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) and International Potato Centre have developed Late Blight resistant variety, Vic 1 from the popularly grown susceptible Victoria variety.
According to Dr Alex Barekye, who is the …