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Nigeria: 'Biotechnology, Must for Food Security in Nigeria'

Although President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a committee to vet the long awaited biosafety bill as passed by the National Assembly before he could sign it into law, participants at the 10th anniversary of African Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF seminar say Nigeria's dream of achievin ...

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Nigeria: 'Country to Cultivate GM Crops in Commercial Quantity Soon'

Nigerians will begin to cultivate genetically modified (GM) crops in commercial quantity very soon, the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has said.

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Africa: Countering Africa's Green Revolution

Nairobi — Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies.

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Workshop to Introduce Vietnam's Circular for GM Crop Biosafety Regulation

(DA NANG Vietnam) - The Department of Biodiversity Conservation of the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) organized a seminar to introduce Circular No.08/2013/TT-BTNMT dated May, 2013 on June 21, 2013 in Hanoi.

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Nigeria: Ministers, Experts Hail Jonathan On Biosafety Bill

Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Bassey Ewa; her Environment counterpart, Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, and stakeholders in the agricultural biotechnology applications have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his effort in fast-tracking the progress made in the expeditious passage of ...

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Nick Clegg calls for caution on GM crops

Deputy PM says he does not knowingly give his children GM food and favours a precautionary approach

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U.S. Approves a Label for Meat From Animals Fed a Diet Free of Gene-Modified Products

The Agriculture Department has approved a label for meat and liquid egg products that includes a claim about the absence of genetically engineered products.

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Scientific Opinion on application for the placing on the market of genetically modified maize 3272

Following the submission of an application from Syngenta Crop Protection AG, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the safety of genetically modified (GM) maize 3272 for import and processing and for food an ...

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China gives approval to GM soybeans

Ministry of Agriculture issued biosafety certificates to three new overseas varieties of genetically modified soybeans last week, allowing them to be imported as raw materials for domestic processing.

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GM even safer than conventional food, says environment secretary

Making the strongest call yet for the adoption of the technology, Mr Paterson told the BBC that that GM has significant benefits for farmers, consumers and the environment.

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UK should provide GM crop technology to poor countries, says Owen Paterson

Environment minister's call for growing GM crops to solve food crisis seen as 'propaganda for agribusiness'

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Scrap biotech regulatory bill, says farmers’ body

Rythu Swarajya Vedika, an umbrella organisation of farmers, NGOs and intellectuals working on farm-related issues, has debunked the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2013, demanding that it be scrapped in its present form.

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Meet Calestous Juma, Africa’s genetically modified crop ‘optimist’

When Calestous Juma was 9 years old, floods inundated his family’s village. Port Victoria sits on the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria, just shy of the Ugandan border.

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China gives approval to GM soybeans

China's agricultural authorities issued biosafety certificates to three new overseas varieties of genetically modified soybeans on Thursday, allowing them to be imported as raw materials for domestic processing.

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Panama expects benefits from world's first GM salmon

Panama's researchers have played a key role in creating a rapidly growing salmon that may soon become the world's first commercially sold genetically modified (GM) animal.

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GM crops: UK environment secretary to push for relaxation of EU rules

The UK environment secretary is to lobby the EU to relax strict restrictions on growing GM crops for human consumption for fears of being "left behind", it emerged on Wednesday.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat plants.

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God, move over

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.

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U.S. Gov’t Accused of “Corporate Diplomacy” for Biotech Industry

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 ...

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Feeding 25 million Ghanaians

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.

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Mexico – Ground Zero in the Fight for the Future of Maize

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.

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Feeding 25 million Ghanaians — Are we going for GM crops or traditional crops?

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.

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Biosafety Bill detrimental to farmers

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.

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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

Apr. 25, 2013 — The European Union cannot meet its goals in agricultural policy without embracing genetically engineered crops (GMOs).

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European Union urged to embrace genetically engineered crops

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

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ACB concerned about SA's GM maize exports

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.

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Namibia: GMOs to Be Benchmarked

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.

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Biotech Industry at Stake in Human Gene Patent Decision

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.

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Genetic Modification: Time for a More Nuanced Debate

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)?

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Sernapesca Chile Detects ISA Outbreak on Aysen Farm

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.

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Use of GM cotton linked to rise in aphid numbers

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.

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Farmer-scientist group seeks ban on GM crops

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 ...

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Uganda: We Do Not Need GMOs - Ugandan Farmers

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

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Multi-Toxin Biotech Crops Not Silver Bullets, Scientists Warn

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.

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Spain Leads EU in GM Crops, but No One Knows Where They Are

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).

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Seeds of suicide

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 ...

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Gene study could up wheat crop production

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

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Activists urge action on genetic crops

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.

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Secretive U.S. Amendment Would Weaken Biotech Oversight

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 ...

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Namibia: Organic Association Warns Consumers

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).

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Biotechnology Report: 1000 hectares of genetically modified maize grows in Egypt

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

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Major Grocer to Label Foods With Gene-Modified Content

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.

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Pawar introduces Agriculture Bio-safety bill 2013

Agriculture and Food Processing Minister Sharad Pawar Monday introduced the Agricultural Bio-Safety Bill-2013 in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament.

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Nigeria: Biotechnology Will Aid Food Security, Alleviate Poverty

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.

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What does a new bill on genetic protection mean for Jamaica?

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

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Frankenfoods reduce global warming

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 ...

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Namibia: Millers Promise to Strengthen Anti-GMO Measures

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 ...

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Agency Highlights Benefits Of Biosafety Law

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.

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Vandana Shiva: 'Seeds must be in the hands of farmers

Biodiversity campaigner accuses corporate giants of trying to take over the world's seed supply through genetic engineering

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Namibia: GMO Maize Slipped Through, but Not Illegal - Namib Mills

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.

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