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Opinion: EU support to Africa should address African needs

June 22nd, 2016 / B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali, B4FA.org

The recent European Parliament report that calls on the G7 countries not to support the use of genetically modified (GMO) seeds in Africa cannot have been based on a genuine understanding of the food security and poverty levels on the continent and the on-going efforts to deal with these challenges. …

The science is in: GM crops will save the world

May 24th, 2016 / CAPx

The battle of genetically modified foods is being waged in a mire of confusion and bad science. Scare stories over “frankenfoods” and “mutant crops” have insidiously manipulated the framing of the debate into a crisis over the definition of “natural”, away from the far more pertinent question of how …

Royal Society calls for review of European GM ban

May 24th, 2016 / BBC

The ban on GM crops by European countries should be reassessed, the president of UK science body the Royal Society says. Prof Venki Ramakrishnan said the science of genetic modification had been misunderstood by the public and it was time to set the record straight. He said it was inappropriate …

Are GMO crops safe? Focus on the plant, not the process, scientists say.

May 22nd, 2016 / Washington Post

No “substantiated” evidence exists that genetically engineered crops have caused health problems in humans or damaged the environment, but it’s too soon to be making broad statements, positive or negative, about laboratory-based manipulations of crop genomes, an elite panel of scientists concluded in a recent report produced by the …

The race to create super-crops

May 22nd, 2016 / Nature

Old-fashioned breeding techniques are bearing more fruit than genetic engineering in developing hyper-efficient plants. Read …

Uganda: Anti-GMO critics smear Cornell, African science communicators – what’s the real story?

February 24th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

African agriculturalist and science writer Isaac Ongu takes a look beyond the smear campaign leveled at the Cornell Alliance for Science. Read …

Two novel DNAs that enhance symptoms and overcome CMD2 resistance to cassava mosaic disease

February 17th, 2016 / Journal of Virology, US

Cassava is a major crop in the developing world, with its production in Africa second only to maize. Cassava mosaic disease (CMD) is one of the most important diseases of cassava and a serious constraint to production across Africa. Now two DNA sequences, SEGS-1 and SEGS-2, which produce similar …

Why we won’t be able to feed the world without GM

February 12th, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

With an increasing population, we can increase yields to meet demand without expanding area, and/or we can reduce demand enough to allow supply to catch up. Increasing supply in a sustainable way is perfectly possible. Some of this is about increasing efficiency through better farming, such as using precision …

Nigeria: Why We Developed Drought Resistant Crops – Professor Izge

February 12th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Usman Adamu Izge is a Professor of Agriculture with specialty in genetic and crop breeding at Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State. In this interview, he speaks on why he carried out research on breeding a drought resistant variety of groundnut. Read …

Anti-GMO groups side against Gates Foundation

January 26th, 2016 / AG Professional, US

The U.S. Right to Know and Global Justice Now are two activist organizations hammering against any organizations or public institution supportive of genetically modified (GM) crops and the funding of their spread in the U.S. and Africa. Both are condemning the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and those receiving money …