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Golden Rice meets food safety standards in three global leading regulatory agencies

May 30th, 2018 / IRRI

GR2E Golden Rice, a provitamin-A biofortified rice variety, completed its third positive food safety evaluation, this time from the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). In an official response received by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on 24 May (EST), the US FDA concurred with IRRI’s assessment …

The debate persists over GMO foods

May 15th, 2018 /

The bottom line: Consumers concerned about the growing use of GMOs in the foods they depend on might consider taking a more nuanced approach than blanket opposition. Rather than wholesale rejection, take some time to learn about how genetic engineering works and the benefits it can offer now and in …

The contribution of glyphosate to agriculture and potential impact of restrictions on use at the global level

December 12th, 2017 / GM Crops and Food

This study assesses the potential economic and environmental impacts that would arise if restrictions on glyphosate use resulted in the world no longer planting genetically modified herbicide tolerant (GM HT) crops.
‘First round’ impacts are the loss of farm level and aggregate impacts associated with the widespread use of GM HT …

Biosafety regulation assures safety, builds confidence, says NBMA boss

November 15th, 2016 / News Diary, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe, reports: The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba ‎has declared that Nigeria’s Biosafety regulation of modern biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) was crucial for safety assurance and confidence building for Nigerians.
‎He stated this at the 2nd National Biosafety Conference …

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 …

Why there are no long term GMO studies on humans

January 20th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

A very common question or criticism of GMOs is that they are not properly tested, particularly on humans. The spouse and I had a discussion about this a while back and he asked why GMOs weren’t tested like drugs since they’re regulated by the FDA. I’ve read comments such as …

Are small-scale coffee farmers in Tanzania safe from potential agrochemical health hazards?

January 15th, 2016 /

by Dr. Jared Bakuza, Dar es Salaam University College of Education, Tanzania
Coffee is grown in several parts of Tanzania, including in the regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Tanga to the northeast, Kagera and Kigoma regions to the northwest, and Katavi, Mbeya and Iringa regions in the Southern Highlands. Since 2002, …

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