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African media urged to consider ‘national interest’ in reporting on GMOs

July 23rd, 2019 / Alliance for Science, US

Journalists and scientists are urging African media to consider the “national interest” when reporting on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to help guide the continent’s debate on the technology.

Affail Monney, president of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), said it is not enough for the media to be conveyer belts of anti- and pro-GMO …

What CRISPR gene editing has taught us about the GMO debate

September 28th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

After decades of special interest groups raising unwarranted fears and misrepresenting every aspect of so-called “GMOs”, opponents of innovation in plant and animal breeding are adding a new under-the-bed-monster to the mythical menagerie.  This one is called “gene editing” aka “GE,” and it seems the topic is everywhere these days. …

Uganda’s textile industry declines while its neighbors embrace GMO cotton

July 20th, 2018 / Alliance for Science

Uganda is the only East African country to witness a consistent decline in cotton production. Though Ethiopia and Kenya experienced the same challenges as Uganda, those two nations responded by embracing cost-cutting Bt technology in cotton cultivation as an urgent measure to revive the sector. Read …

Resistance to genetically modified seeds in Africa

July 20th, 2018 / DW

Seeds modified in a lab are often touted as a means to boost agriculture and food security in Africa. There is some resistance on the continent and debate on preserving its traditional seed base instead. Read …

Commments regarding “Disembedding grain: Golden Rice, The Green Revolution, and heirloom seeds in the Philippines”

June 22nd, 2016 / Adrian Dubock, Executive Secretary, Golden Rice Humanitarian Board

Adrian Dubock, Executive Secretary, Golden Rice Humanitarian Board addresses “Disembedding grain: Golden Rice, The Green Revolution, and heirloom seeds in the Philippines” by GD Stone & D Glover, published 16 April 2016. in Agriculture and Human Values, The Journal of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, Volume 33, Issue 1, which …

Digging for seeds of truth in GMO debate

January 18th, 2016 / CBS News, US

By some estimates, 80 percent of all processed foods — cereals, baby formula, canned soups and more — contain at least one GMO, or Genetically Modified Organism. But whether GMOs are safe and whether they should be listed on the label has led to a very big food fight. …

Using CRISPR to edit crops ensures no transgenes, undercuts anti-GM ‘foreign gene’ criticism

December 7th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

A team of scientists from the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory have shown that the very latest gene-editing technology CRISPR can be used to make targeted changes or edits to specific genes in two UK crops – a broccoli-like brassica and barley – and that these edits are …