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GMO policies around the world

July 13th, 2015 / Biology Fortified, US

In the debate surrounding GMOs, a statement that is often made is that many countries have banned transgenic crops, which suggests that they are not safe. Although all countries have laws and regulations surrounding biotech crops, including the United States, very few countries have an outright ban, where GMOs can …

Report: Trends in Global Approvals of Biotech Crops (1992–2014)

July 9th, 2015 / ISAAA

With the increasing number of GM crops, approval of these technologies may vary depending on the needs, demand, and trade interest. ISAAA established the GM Approval Database to document approvals of biotech crops, and have conducted a study on the trends and factors that affect GM approvals in the last …

Biotech crops benefiting small farmers the most

May 31st, 2015 / Farm Futures, US

Farmers in developing countries have the most to gain from using GMO crops, according to an annual report from PG Economics which documents gains in yield and producer income, as well as reductions in pesticide use and greenhouse gas emissions, due to adoption of GMO crops globally. Read …

A proposal to modify plants gives GMO debate new life

May 29th, 2015 / New York Times, US

If it’s called a genetically modified organism (GMO), many people will be dead set against it. But what if scientists used the precise techniques of today’s molecular biology to give back to plants genes that had long ago been bred out of them? And what if that process were …

Meet the woman who pioneered GM in agriculture

May 28th, 2015 / St. Louis Public Radio, US.

Mary-Dell Chilton pioneered the field of genetic engineering in agriculture. She spent most of her decades-long career working for Syngenta, where she founded the agribusiness company’s research on genetically modified seeds. Her work would transform agriculture — and trigger a heated debate over the safety of GMOs. Read …

The last thing Africa needs to be debating is GMOs

May 28th, 2015 / Washington Post, US

Say the words “green revolution,” and people take sides. For opponents, the phrase conjures visions of monocrop fields fertilized with chemicals and sprayed with more chemicals. For proponents, it evokes the tremendous efficiencies that have helped us feed our burgeoning population. For Joe DeVries, a plant scientist, “it’s a …

Zambia encouraged to commercialize traditional foods like cassava and millet

May 19th, 2015 / Times of Zambia

The Zambian government has called for commercialisation of traditional food in the country to cope with the current demand on the local and international markets. Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister Greyford Monde said there was need to promote traditional products. Read …

Solution to virus-threatened African cassava faces anti-GMO protests

May 14th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Cassava, Uganda’s major staple after matooke, feeds over half a billion people in the world with Africa contributing to about 50% of the global production. But the crop is threatened, and it appears that only the only solution rests with advanced biotechnology to create virus resistant transgenic varieties. Read …

Uganda government boost coffee production with free seeds

May 5th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Ugandan government has embarked on an ambitious project to distribute 300 million coffee free in a move aimed at doubling the current coffee production to over 7 million bags annually. The initiative which is part of the government renewed effort in revolutionarizing agriculture through the programme dubbed Operation Wealth …

Farmers turn wild sunflowers into low cost fertilizer

May 5th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A group of farmers in Gatanga have found a way to produce local fertilizer that is delivering a much cheaper and more effective alternative to synthetic fertliser and a new business opportunity at grassroots level. The liquid fertiliser is made from a plant that grows wild in rural areas of …