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Delay to accept GM technology not good for us

January 27th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michale Ssale writes, “Finally, our neighbour, Kenya, is set to lift the ban on imports of genetically modified (GM) food crops by the end of this month. The hesitation to accept GM technology in most countries is premised on the fear that it poses a danger to health …

Uganda: GM potato shows extreme resistance to late bright

January 27th, 2016 / ISAAA

The first field trial of genetically modified (GM) potatoes resistant to potato blight conducted in Uganda from October 2015 to January 2016 has been completed. Twelve highly resistant GM potatoes of ‘Desiree’ and one of ‘Victoria’ varieties from the International Potato Center (CIP) showed extreme levels of resistance compared to …

Encouraging GM food crops only way out for India says MP

January 26th, 2016 / The Economic Times, India

With the government deciding to roll out the food security law, former Food Minister and senior Congress MP K V Thomas today said encouraging Genetically Modified (GM) crops is the only way the country can feed its growing population. Read …

Favourite banana may be doomed; can new varieties replace it?

January 25th, 2016 / The Salt, US

There’s a deadly fungus that attacks banana plants. In the past century, an earlier version of this fungus wiped out commercial plantings of a banana variety called Gros Michel that once dominated the global banana trade. Now history may be repeating itself. A new version of the fungus, called Tropical …

Calestous Juma: A biotech revolution for Africa

January 23rd, 2016 / Capital Finance International

In western countries, the genetic modification of crops is often seen as a threat to the environment. Professor Calestous Juma takes a contrarian view: he is a keen advocate of biotechnology and its potential to transform African economies. Read …

MYTH: UN endorses small-scale organic farming over biotech

January 23rd, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Looking at the body of current evidence, most scientists have found a reduced environmental impact, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and better situation for farmers as result of biotechnology. When you combine that with the scientific consensus that GMOs are just as safe, and in some cases nutritionally and environmentally superior …

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 …

Why there are no long term GMO studies on humans

January 20th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

A very common question or criticism of GMOs is that they are not properly tested, particularly on humans. The spouse and I had a discussion about this a while back and he asked why GMOs weren’t tested like drugs since they’re regulated by the FDA. I’ve read comments such as …

The opportunity, science and politics of GM crops

January 18th, 2016 / Farm Weekly, Australia

Despite the numerous advances made through modern farming, agricultural innovation continues to have more than its fair share of critics, mostly from outside the farming sector. Agriculture touches on almost every aspect of our lives and is impacted by decisions and events in almost every sector – from energy, to …

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. …