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African Biosafety Regulators Embrace Biosafety Communication At Abbc 2017

Biosafety regulators from various African countries have embraced and appreciated the importance of biosafety communication in creating public trust with the regulatory process of GMOs. This was during the Agri-biotechnology and Biosafety Communication (ABBC) 2017 Africa Symposium held in Entebb ...

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Uganda: First Lady Mediates in GMO Bill Debate

he First Lady, Janet Museveni, last week mediated efforts between those for and against the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012, which has divided MPs, scientists and civil society actors.

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USDA Approves Release of GM Moths in New York

A precedent-setting release of genetically engineered insects could soon take place in Geneva, New York. On July 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the release of a moth designed to self-destruct.

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TransDisciplinary University Brings Together the Best Minds to Deliberate over the Promise and Problems of Synthetic Biology

TDU launches a four-part seminar series to support outlining international and national policy on Synthetic Biology

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When evolution and biotechnologies collide

The technique, called "gene drive", can propagate a new gene in the whole population of organisms in a few generations. Once the introduced gene is installed in the population, one may call them… GMOs. One of the most promising application would be to eradicate mosquitoes by spreading mutations ...

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USDA Approves Release of GM Moths in New York

A precedent-setting release of genetically engineered insects could soon take place in Geneva, New York. On July 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the release of a moth designed to self-destruct.

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Background on biotechnology Bill

The National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012 is now before the 10th Parliament for consideration and enactment. This is a highly technical Bill that for long has endured relentless highly emotive campaigns against Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

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GMOs: NBMA Signs MoU with NAQS, NASC ‎on Regulation

In spite of the controversy surrounding the acceptance of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and its products in Nigeria, the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) and the National Agr ...

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Saint Lucia committed to biodiversity conservation

Saint Lucia’s Cabinet of Ministers has demonstrated its commitment to Biodiversity conservation by endorsing a biosafety policy that will regulate the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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Parliament defers debate on GMO Bill

KAMPALA - Parliament again deferred debate on the controversial National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012, pending further consultations. The bill which was number seven on the order paper was not considered by the House after deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who was chairing the House, told ...

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Africa: Exposed - Uganda's Secret GMO Research

Kampala — Barbara Ntambirweki, a research fellow with Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) is preparing for a bit fight - against introduction into the country of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

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Mustard set to be India's first 'GM food' after getting regulator nod

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), India's regulator for GM crops, on Thursday cleared the genetically modified (GM) mustard for commercial use in the country and recommended its approval to the environment ministry.

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Rare flowers destroyed in Australia after paperwork error

Australian biosecurity officers have destroyed historic plant specimens on loan from France after a paperwork mix-up. A box of rare daisies from the 1850s had been sent to Brisbane from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

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Controversial Italian study finding potential harm from GMO foods flagged by scientific journal

A journal has flagged a paper by a researcher who has questioned the safety of genetically modified organisms, after receiving concerns that there were issues with some images.

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Cuban officials embrace GMOs to feed hungry population, but groups push back

Cuban officials have announced the island is turning to genetically modified organisms (GMO) to help feed its increasingly hungry population.

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President of Senegal bucks anti-biotechnology pressure: ‘I am for the use of GMOs’

President Macky Sall of Senegal has thrown his weight behind the adoption of agricultural biotechnology in the country.

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Regional training targets living modified organisms

SEVEN Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) staff members attended a regional training to better deal with living modified organisms (LMOs) should they arrive at our borders.

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Regional meeting to discuss border control

THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) behaves as a gatekeeper, protector and a guardian of Fiji.This was highlighted by the Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe at the workshop on Developing Capacity for National Border Controls on Living Mo ...

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'GMO Only Causes Problems': Serbia Maintains Import Ban Despite WTO Demands

Genetically engineered food brings no benefit to Serbia, which shouldn't compromise on its GMO law to enter the WTO, Professor of Agriculture Miodrag Dimitrijevic told Sputnik.

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The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) organised the 2nd Biosafety Forum 2017 at Protea Hotel, Kampala (February 01 – 02, 2017).

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Nigerian biotech expert says GMOs won’t replace conventional seeds, refutes common GMO myths

Genetic modification is an intervention tool, it is a complimentary tool to what is already on ground which is conventional agriculture, combination of the two is good, the technology cannot stand on its own but it depends on what is already on ground, we are not saying it should replace convent ...

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New 'super yield' GM wheat trial gets go-ahead

The planting of a new experimental crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat will take place this spring after the UK government gave the final go ahead.

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Can B.C.'s Arctic apple change the global conversation around GMOs?

The non-browning Arctic apple created in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley is set to begin a test run in select U.S. grocery stores next week and some believe it could mark a turning point in public acceptance of genetically modified foods.

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Fined for Planting GMO Seeds in a Country That's a Global Power

For years, Chile has had a curious double standard when it comes to genetically modified organisms.

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Addressing GMO concerns: Are foods “made in labs” the same as those “made by nature”

An article might make some nod to the fact that genetic engineering and traditional breeding both modify the genetics of plants and they lie on a continuum – and that humans have been modifying the genetics of crops for 12,000 years.

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India’s first GM food crop held up by lawsuit

India’s long-standing push to approve genetically modified (GM) food crops has been controversially delayed, after an environmental campaigner launched a lawsuit that accuses scientists of deceiving the public about the benefits of transgenic mustard.

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3 disease resistant GMOs could address climate change and save farmers billions

The comment refers to potatoes being thrown away by the millions.

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Nobel laureate campaigns for Genetically Modified Organisms

Gandhinagar, Jan 10 (PTI) Nobel Laureate Richard Roberts has urged India to adopt the Genetically Modified (GM) crop to usher in the revolution to feed the millions.

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Timing of approval of biotech crops in different countries has big impact on innovation

Because of significant differences in the institutional arrangements, regulatory procedures, administrative capacity, and attitudes toward biotech crops, the amount of time required to complete the review of new biotech events varies significantly from one country to another.

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Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts?

Biotechnology is rapidly evolving through developments in genome editing and synthetic biology, giving birth to new forms of life.

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Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts?

Biotechnology is rapidly evolving through developments in genome editing and synthetic biology, giving birth to new forms of life.

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Plant-genome hackers seek better ways to produce customized crops

As gene editing opens doors, plant researchers are hamstrung by the need for better ways to slip their molecular tools into cells.

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German cabinet approves draft law banning GMO crops

The German cabinet has approved a draft law banning cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), government sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Improving half the world's diet

The humble rice grain is the staple food for billions of people throughout the developing world, but there is little nutritional value in the grain beyond providing carbohydrates for energy.

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British farmers could grow GM crops after Brexit, reveals minister

Genetically modified crops will be grown across England after Britain pulls out of the European Union, under plans being drawn up by ministers.

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Nigeria: Agency Issues Ultimatum Against GM Products

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has warned Super-store operators in Nigeria to withdraw all Genetically Modified (GM) products from their shelves within 7 days or face sanctions

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GMO experts: ‘It’s an emotional debate, but not an irrational one’

The High Council of Biotechnology (HCB) held a conference on the implementation of the EU’s GMO rules. HCB President Christine Noiville and Frans Brom, a member of the Dutch government’s scientific council, answered EurActiv France’s questions on the subject.

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Brazil approves imports of GMO corn varieties from the U.S.

Brazil's biosafety commission CTNBio approved on Thursday imports of three genetically modified (GM) varieties of corn from the United States for animal feed production, said the government and the poultry and pork industry group ABPA.

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German federal government, states to decide jointly on GMO crops-draft law

Germany's federal and state governments will in future decide together whether to ban the cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that are allowed in the European Union, a draft law showed, ending a long dispute.

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Beijing wants GMOs but the Chinese people don't

The latest food safety scandal in China might be its most damaging.

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Kenya gives conditional approval for genetically modified cotton field trials

The government has approved field trials for genetically modified cotton in Kenya under certain conditions

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How GMOs Cut The Use Of Pesticides — And Perhaps Boosted It Again

In the ferocious, sprawling brawl over genetically modified crops, one particular question seems like it should have a simple factual answer: Did those crops lead to more use of pesticides, or less?

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GM mustard clears hurdle in India but more remain

A government panel has cleared commercial use of what would be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, but politicians still have to give final approvals amid wide-spread public opposition.

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Uganda: Agriculture Can Adapt Biotechnology

Kampala — Uganda's Minister of State for Agriculture, Christopher Kibanzanga has warned that the attainment of the middle income status by 2020 will depend on the extent at which the country will be able to lift a majority of her population who depend on agriculture from the current dominant tra ...

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Nobel winners slam Greenpeace for anti GM campaign

About a third of living Nobel laureates sign an open letter saying Greenpeace has misrepresented the risks and benefits of genetically modified crops

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How Brexit will impact the future of farming, GMOs and gene editing in Britain and Europe

Now that the unimaginable has happened, scientists in Britain and across Europe–as well as trade partners in the United States and elsewhere–are trying to assess the impact of Brexit on agricultural biotechnology.

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EU position on GMOs a blow to SADC’s food security

SADC countries still show the least level of biotechnology development owing largely to the precautionary approach of governments in guiding the use of biotechnology in agriculture and the negative perceptions emanating from the European Union’s stand on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), re ...

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East Africa: Rwanda Wary of GMOs Use in East Africa

Rwanda has expressed concern that it could face an influx of genetically modified crops from Kenya and Uganda, which are in the process of legalising genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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Big Food changes directions on GMOs

Several major food companies are now requiring their products to have labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), ahead of the implementation of a Vermont law in July.

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Use biotech to beef up climate fight

Poor nations shouldn’t miss out on advances such as lab-cultured meat and low-methane GM rice, says Jayson Merkley.

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