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Banana wilt, GMOs and Food Evolution: What’s really happening to banana farmers in Uganda?

August 15th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project

Food Evolution captured real problems experienced by real people who need real solutions. The global forces denying millions of smallholder farmers access to improved varieties may be ignorant to the fact that African smallholder farmers grow their own food crops and have no capacity to import food from other continents …

‘Cow of the future’: Genetically engineered ‘heat resistant’ cattle could adapt to climate change

July 7th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project

Scientists are developing a breed of genetically-modified ‘cows of the future’ that will be more heat resistant and have superior ability to adapt to hot living conditions. By using genomic tools, researchers aim to produce an animal that can adapt to hot living conditions and produce top-quality beef. Read …

Agency seek increased funding for the domestication of GMO

February 22nd, 2017 / The Guardian, Nigeria

To fully domesticate the development of Genetically Modified crop in the country, the Nigerian Agriculture Seed Council (NASC) has called for the need to scale up funding for agricultural biotechnology in the country.
The Director General NASC, Olusegun Ojo who stated this during the training of over 20 seed scientists on …

QR codes for GMO labeling could actually be a great idea

July 19th, 2016 / Wired, US

This might, for once, be a good use of the QR code (those square-ish, pixellated things). The letters “GMO,” on their own, are essentially meaningless (unless you are trying to start an argument on Facebook). Genetic modification is nuanced, and a QR code-linked webpage could relay the full complexity of …

Tanzania’s read to transact business on GM crops.

June 24th, 2016 / ISAAA. US

The Permanent Secretary of Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Honorable Florens Turuka has vouched for the country’s readiness to transact business on GM crops. Speaking at the launch of the ISAAA Global Report on Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops (2015), Honorable Turuka said the government intends to revolutionize agriculture by …

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 …