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What you need to know about GM (2)

January 13th, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Part 2 of a great piece on the broad consensus that the environmental effects of genetically modified plants should be evaluated using science-based assessment procedures, considering each crop individually in comparison to its conventional counterparts.
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Can GM help quench crops’ thirst?

January 13th, 2016 / Ensla, US

The application of GM technology to boosting drought resistance could be an important addition to the toolkit humans can use to adapt to climate change, which is expected to cause longer and more frequent droughts in many of the world’s important food-growing regions. Read …

GM food is essential to address malnourishment

January 11th, 2016 / The Hindu, India

Genetically modified food is not only safe, but also necessary to address issues of malnourishment, particularly in developing countries, said Nobel laureate and molecular biologist Sir Richard John Roberts. “We could do wonders to our food supply with GMOs,” Sir Roberts said, before adding that the campaign against genetically engineered …

Africa takes fresh look at GMO crops

January 11th, 2016 / Reuters

A scorching drought in Southern Africa that led to widespread crop failure could nudge African nations to finally embrace genetically modified (GM) crops to improve harvests and reduce grain imports. The drought, which extends to South Africa, the continent’s biggest maize producer, has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather …

Biosafety authority gives nod to GM maize, cotton

January 11th, 2016 / People's Daily, Kenya

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has recommended the lifting of a ban on imports of genetically modified organisms as the body prepares to decide on applications by companies, including Monsanto, for environmental release of their products in the country. Read …

Green leader breaks with policy on GM crops

January 7th, 2016 / ABC, Australia

Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale has partially broken with his party’s policy, saying that he does not believe genetically modified crops pose a significant risk to human health. Senator Di Natale told the ABC that there is no concrete evidence on potential health harms to people. “The literature so …

Kenya regulator recommends lifting of ban GM crops

January 7th, 2016 / Mail and Guardian Africa

KENYA’S National Biosafety Authority recommended the government lift a ban on imports of genetically modified organisms as the body prepares to decide on applications by companies including Monsanto Co. for environmental release of their products in the East African nation. “We recommend lifting the ban,” National Biosafety Authority Chief Executive …

Kenyan Regulator to Decide On Fate of GMO Crops This Month

January 6th, 2016 / East African, Kenya

Kenyans will know whether genetically modified maize will be grown in the country at the end of this month. This follows an application by a group of scientists at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation who are pushing for GM maize seeds …

Opposition to GMOs is about corporations, not technology

January 5th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The positions of major NGOs on GMOs and climate change are quite consistent if one considers that the real issue is not opposition to GM technology, but rather to large petro/chemical companies. Large petro/oil companies commonly profit from fossil fuel usage; therefore policies which mean reduced fossil fuel usage are …

Resurrection plants could lead to more drought-tolerant crops

January 3rd, 2016 / AgWeb.com

Recent genome sequencing of Oropetium grass has given researchers a blueprint in distinguishing genes related to phenomenal plant resilience. The bizarre self-preservation abilities of resurrection plants like Oropetium hold tremendous promise toward engineering stronger drought-tolerance in crops, and the effects soon could reach farmland. Read …