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To feed and sustain the world, we need common ground

January 13th, 2016 / Huffington Post, UK

We know we need to grow more food. We know we can’t keep converting our forests and grasslands to create more farm land, because if we do so it is at the long term environmental peril of the earth. We know we need to reduce food waste, in our farming …

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 …

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 …

Branding Nigeria through agriculture

January 10th, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Special events have proven to be veritable means of putting places and people under spotlight and generating awareness among the public at both local and international levels. In recent times, an upsurge of various events, in sports, entertainment, professional meetings, NGO fora, international organisations and global groups have elicited a …

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 …

How arsenic builds up in plant seeds discovered

January 6th, 2016 / ISAAA

Arsenic, both a toxin and a carcinogen, comes from minerals and is used in some herbicides, animal growth promoters, and semiconductors. It is a pervasive environmental contaminant of food and water that threatens the health of tens of millions people worldwide. Read …

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 …

Nitrogen-fixing tech aiding legume yields

January 5th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

A low-cost nitrogen fixing technology for legume crops is being given to small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe to improve national food and nutrition security. The Chemistry and Soil Research Institute in Zimbabwe is distributing sachets that contain inoculated Rhizobia bacteria — a technique for adding bacteria to a carrier medium to …

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 …