Technologies are tools for doing or making things. They are a means to transform what nature has given into food, clothing, shelter, means of mobility, means of communication. Technology is a means to an end; it is not an end in itself.
WASHINGTON, May 14 2013 (IPS) - A consumer protection group here is accusing U.S. diplomats of engaging in a concerted and at times forceful advocacy campaign on behalf of genetically modified seeds and even specific biotechnology companies, particularly aiming to influence governments in develo ...
After Ghana becoming a signatory to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in 1992, it has a mandate to implement anything under this protocol, especially when the country has passed into law Ghana’s Biosafety Bill (Act 831) on 31st December 2011.
MEXICO CITY, May 8 2013 (IPS) - In the 2011 action-thriller “Unknown”, scientists are persecuted by the biotech industry because they plan the open release of a drought- and pest-resistant strain of maize that could help eradicate world hunger.
However, the National Biosafety Authority (NBA,) which the bill indicated will be the implementer of the law, is yet to be inaugurated by the president.
SUNDAY VISION -The National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill being discussed before the parliamentary committee on science and technology lacks the necessary safeguards to protect interests of farmers and favours multinational companies.
Apr. 25, 2013 — The European Union cannot meet its goals in agricultural policy without embracing genetically engineered crops (GMOs).
BRUSSELS, April 25 (UPI) -- The European Union will be unable to meet its agricultural policy goals unless it embraces genetically engineered crops, Spanish researchers said
The African Centre for Biosafety is deeply concerned by the news that the South African GMO authorities have permitted over 25,000 tons of GM maize to be exported to Zimbabwe.
Namibia will consider the potential risks to the health and safety of Namibians when it introduces genetically modified organisms (GMOs) regulations, says the Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi.
For 30 years, biotechnology innovators have secured thousands of U.S. patents on genes, defining the legal rights to medical and agricultural products worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Picking sides on genetic modification isn’t as easy as it used to be What is a person with a conscience to think about the fraught and complex issue of genetic modification (GM)?
CHILE - An outbreak of Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) has been detected by Chile's National Fishery and Aquaculture service (Sernapesca) on a salmon farm in the Aysen region.
In an unexpected trade-off, the cultivation of cotton that has been genetically engineered to reduce caterpillar damage by producing its own insecticide has been linked to higher numbers of another pest — aphids.
THE Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (Masipag) reiterated its call to ban genetically-modified (GM) crops in the Philippines, and said its commercialization exposes the general public to unnecessary health and environmental risks and that it failed to deliver on its prom ...
Kampala — Small scale farmers want Uganda parliament to throw out the National Biotechnology and Bio Safety Bill of 2013. They argue that it will promote wide faming of Genetically Modified Organism, common referred to as GMO farming
Mar. 29, 2013 — The popular new strategy of planting genetically engineered crops that make two or more toxins to fend off insect pests rests on assumptions that don't always apply, UA researchers have discovered.
MÁLAGA, Spain, Mar 27 2013 (IPS) - Spain has more large-scale plantations of genetically modified seeds than any other country in the European Union (EU).
These are the promises Monsanto India’s website makes, alongside pictures of smiling, prosperous farmers from the state of Maharashtra. This is a desperate attempt by Monsanto and its PR machinery to delink the epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India from the company’s growing control over cotton ...
BEIJING, March 25 (UPI) -- U.S. and Chinese scientists say mapping a key genetic code for bread wheat could improve the crop's productivity and ability to withstand extreme conditions
WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. health advocacy group says the federal government should act to limit the impact of genetically engineered crops on crops raised on non-GMO farms.
WASHINGTON, Mar 19 2013 (IPS) - Food safety advocates, environmentalists and health professionals here are engaging in a fervent last-minute campaign to highlight a controversial legislative amendment they say would gut the ability of both the judiciary and the federal government to regulate gen ...
Windhoek — The Chairperson of the Namibian Organic Association (NOA), Manjo Smith, has warned consumers to be extra cautious when buying foodstuffs such as maize, soya, canola, cotton, alfalfa and sugar beet, as these products are most likely to contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
An international organization that promotes the use of agricultural biotechnology ranked Egypt third in terms of the commercialization of genetically modified crops in Africa, in its 2012 annual report on the use of biotech crops worldwide
Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, on Friday became the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry.
Agriculture and Food Processing Minister Sharad Pawar Monday introduced the Agricultural Bio-Safety Bill-2013 in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament.
Application of biotechnology techniques in animal agriculture will improve livestock industry to adequately support food security and poverty alleviation, Prof B. Y. Abubakar, Executive Secretary of Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) has said.
It is unlikely that the new bill on genetic resource will have the expressed impact without a fundament change in current views and values about how knowledge is acquired and used
At a time when agricultural experts are getting hot under the collar about an Indian village whose claims to be smashing rice-growing records have been extolled here and debunked here, it is useful to have a cool global appraisal of the state of genetically-modified (GM) crops, traditionally see ...
Windhoek — Following revelations that maize meal available on Namibian shelves contain percentages of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), one of the leading millers and producers of maize and wheat-based products, Bokomo Foods Namibia, has vowed to exercise extra caution on the products it wi ...
The Director General (DG), of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Professor Bamidele Solomon, has highlighted the tremendous benefits Nigeria stands to benefit as a nation from biotechnology once the biosafety law gets Presidential ascent.
Biodiversity campaigner accuses corporate giants of trying to take over the world's seed supply through genetic engineering
Windhoek — Namib Mills, one of the leading local millers accused of distributing maize containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) said some seeds containing GMOs must have slipped through from producers.
Windhoek — Maize meal sold in some shops in Namibia is derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a recent test has revealed.
Gilles-Éric Séralini persiste et signe. Le biologiste de l'Université de Caen, dont l'étude liant les organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM) au cancer a suscité la controverse l'automne dernier, n'est pas ébranlé par la pluie de critiques qu'il a reçues de la part de chercheurs et des autorités ...
The Director General National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Bamidele Solomon, has harped on the essence of the bio-safety bill to the management of biotechnology in Nigeria.
AFP - A genetically-engineered virus tested in 30 terminally-ill liver cancer patients significantly prolonged their lives, killing tumours and inhibiting the growth of new ones, scientists reported on Sunday.
In SANDBORN, Ind. — Farmer Hugh Bowman hardly looks the part of a revolutionary who stands in the way of promising new biotech discoveries and threatens Monsanto’s pursuit of new products it says will “feed the world.”
Despite voters rejecting California's Prop 37, other states are now considering similar initiatives to require labeling of genetically modified food. In Washington, grassroots leaders are hoping for a victory against the deep-pocketed food industry.
NOTWITHSTANDING a statement credited to Bill Gates, the United States’ multi-billionaire and international donor, the Environmental Right Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FOEN) Saturday asked the Federal Government to review the Bio-safety bill, as it lacked elements that would protect f ...
Don't believe the hype: GM is in the grip of a few firms that profit from selling the chemicals they engineer their seeds to resist
Genetically modified organisms have been around for thousands of years. Humans have selected desirable traits for cats, dogs, cattle, plants and several other organisms.
One of the staunchest critics of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), environmentalist Mark Lynas, recently said he had been mistaken and that the threat of GMOs had been exaggerated by him and others for years.
The widely held belief is that genetically modified ‘terminator seeds’ are not available on the commercial market anywhere.
This October, five major seed companies came together to sign the first part of an agreement called the Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement (GEMAA).
Campaigners claim survey results are major blow to government bid to win public acceptance for GM crops and food
The second Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2012) held at Bangalore earlier this month has called for a ban on field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in India and a 10-year moratorium on Bt food crops.
Labeling it “a big step forward” in regulating the introduction of living modified organisms (LMOs) into Peru, Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal lauded the regulation that went into effect Nov. 14, enacting Law 29811 which establishes a moratorium on importation and production of LMOs in ...
Greenpeace is willing to sacrifice children’s health, especially in the developing world, for brazenly ideological ends, reports Jon Entine of the Genetic Literacy Project.
(Reuters) - Can Europeans, who have balked for years at many U.S. food imports, accept a free trade agreement with the United States that opens the door for imports of genetically modified crops and chickens cleaned with chlorine?