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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 …

Relating beauty to agriculture

August 12th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Conventionally, beautiful young women tend to be associated with white collar jobs and not with strenuous work in gardens. However the organisers of the 2015/2016 Miss Uganda contest did the unusual and yet most appropriate thing when they related it to farming. We were treated …

GMO technologies and the realities

August 10th, 2015 / Swarajya, India

The decision makers need to dispassionately study the GMO technology. They need to take the lead in standing up to the anti-science activists and sift the wheat from the chaff. See …

Everyone who’s sure about a food philosophy is wrong

July 28th, 2015 / Washington Post, US

There’s an unbreachable divide between advocates of modern conventional agriculture and, essentially, everyone else, from the mainstream (organic, local, anti-GMO) to the less-so (biodynamics, permaculture, agroforestry). The parties are entrenched, the tone is partisan. But they ought to be able to get along, because all hard-core advocates of this or …

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 …

The full truth about the anti-GMO campaign

July 20th, 2015 / The Innovation Files, US

One at a time, courageous journalists have followed the data, interrogated their presuppositions, and begun to pull back the many layers of curtains to illuminate the true intentions driving the global campaign against modern innovations in agriculture, aka “GMOs.”  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 …

Farmers net more profits from GMOs, particularly in developing world

June 30th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

In a PLOS Biology article “A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops” researchers used data from 147 separate studies to analyze the outcomes for farmers using genetically modified (GM) and non-GM seeds. They found that using GM seeds allowed farmers to use less pesticide chemicals and earn more …

Has the media failed Ghanaians on the GM debate?

June 25th, 2015 / Ghana Web

The raging debate over whether Ghana should accept Genetically Modified Foods (GM Foods) into the country’s food chain continues unabated. It has been contentious, and clouded with a lot of emotions and anti imperialism talk, which has not helped steer the conversation to allow for Ghanaians to make informed decisions …

Wild tobacco may contain key to attaining food security

June 24th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, US

Researchers have obtained the RDR1 gene from a wild tobacco plant (Nicotiana benthamiana). RDR1 gene controls the viral response of N. benthamiana strains in different viral infections. This development can be applied to crops such as potato, tomato, capsicum, and eggplant. View …