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Africa still wary of GMOs

August 12th, 2019

Scientists argued that GMOs can help in many ways, including developing crop varieties that are resistant to diseases, drought, predators or pests, a move that they say will lead to food security in Africa. But not everyone agrees … Read more … …

Food security feared as Kenya readies to start growing GMO cotton

January 31st, 2019 / Xinhua, China

At fresh produce markets across Kenya, citizens are shunning buying bigger tomatoes, mangoes, pawpaws or oranges for fear that they may be genetically modified.

The fear is extended to even poultry products where chickens that are too big are classified as genetically modified organisms by consumers and shunned therefore.

The misconception is …

Can we ditch intensive farming – and still feed the world?

January 30th, 2019 / The Guardian, UK

Our reliance on artificial fertiliser and intensive farming techniques did not happen overnight, but took decades. Along the way, these methods revolutionised farming and enabled huge population growth and economic growth. We now have a wealth of scientific evidence that shows that continuing down the same path would risk runaway …

The debate persists over GMO foods

May 15th, 2018 / Medium.com

The bottom line: Consumers concerned about the growing use of GMOs in the foods they depend on might consider taking a more nuanced approach than blanket opposition. Rather than wholesale rejection, take some time to learn about how genetic engineering works and the benefits it can offer now and in …

Gene editing in agriculture: Disclosure, communication and transparency critical to public acceptance

April 13th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Communication is critical around the topic of gene-editing, an emerging technology that involves making precise changes in the genetic material of plants and animals used in food production to improve food safety, reduce food waste and use less water, land and other resources.
“Consumers are going to ask, ‘Is this safe?’ …

Biosafety regulation assures safety, builds confidence, says NBMA boss

November 15th, 2016 / News Diary, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe, reports: The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba ‎has declared that Nigeria’s Biosafety regulation of modern biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) was crucial for safety assurance and confidence building for Nigerians.
‎He stated this at the 2nd National Biosafety Conference …

QR codes for GMO labeling could actually be a great idea

July 19th, 2016 / Wired, US

This might, for once, be a good use of the QR code (those square-ish, pixellated things). The letters “GMO,” on their own, are essentially meaningless (unless you are trying to start an argument on Facebook). Genetic modification is nuanced, and a QR code-linked webpage could relay the full complexity of …

Can “green” claims turn the GMO debate around in 2016?

January 22nd, 2016 / Food Navigator, US

Growing consumer concern about food waste and the environmental impact of food production could be a “conversation starter” for food manufacturers to shift consumers’ focus on genetically modified organisms away from the perceived negative impact to the benefits, suggests one market trends analyst. Read …