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Bt cotton necessary to boost cotton yields in Zambia

August 13th, 2015 / ISAAA, US

The Cotton Development Trust (CDT) is positive that insect resistant cotton will help decrease the concerns of farmers and will effectively contribute to cotton development in Zambia. According to CDT Director, Lwisya Silwimba, small-scale farmers face low productivity and high cost of production, which negatively affects the cotton industry in …

Ban on GMOs in Kenya to be lifted says Ruto

August 12th, 2015 / Daily Nation, Kenya

The Kenyan government will lift the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in two months, Deputy President William Ruto has said today. Mr Ruto added “various government ministries, departments and agencies concerned with biotechnology have already consulted and agreed on the necessary regulations and safety measures to be adhered to …

New GMO Maize Ready for Kenya

July 30th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

Scientists are lobbying for approval to commercialise a genetically modified maize variety. “Globally, Bt maize has been proven to effectively control stem borer and improve maize grain yield and quality due to reduced pest damage,” said Eliud Kireger, the director general of the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organisation  Read …

Anti-GMO groups block solution to threats to Uganda’s bananas

July 28th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Uganda’s number one staple, banana, locally known as matooke has been under attack by a bacterial disease, banana xanthomonas wilt. Ugandan scientists have developed transgenic banana varieties that are 100% resistant to the wilt, but the GMO rescue is being blocked, at least for now, by anti-GMO activists.  Read …

SA’s GM maize: what you should know

July 16th, 2015 / Daily Maverick, South Africa

Between 70% and 80% of maize consumed in South Africa is genetically modified, and ours is the only country in the world whose staple is primarily GMO. So what? Three decades after its adoption, GM maize remains contentious. Read …

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 …