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What is a GM crop?

African Center for Biodiversity GM Myths

Who benefits?


SA Regulation

SA Labelling

GM Crops in SA

GM Cotton in SA

GM Maize in SA

GM Soya in SA

International Regulation

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African Centre for Biodiversity's Activist Corner - here you can participate and get involved.

Present and past petitions below and also a letter to South African Food Producers.
View the Consumers Have a Right to say NO! NO GMO in our Bread TOTAL Signatures 1778

Please sign our petition to call on South African food producers and retailers to immediately remove GM Soya or any other GM ingredients in the nation's bread.

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) recently tested South Africa's popular white bread brands and found extremely high levels of Monsanto's GM soya. It is unacceptable to consume GM ingredients and glyphosate in our daily bread.

View the Call for Parliamentary hearing on GMOs TOTAL Signatures 3044

Please sign our petition calling for an urgent Parliamentary hearing on genetically modified (GM) crops in South Africa, to include a full transparent review of the risk assessment and risk management procedures and public participation in GMO decision making. In May 2012 the South African biosafety regulators (the Executive Council) approved Dow’s 2,4-D tolerant GM maize, dubbed ‘Agent Orange’ maize, into South Africa. In the ensuing public outcry the ACB submitted a petition to Parliament, signed by over 7,000 individuals including 18 health professionals, calling for a reversal of the decision, and a complete review of the GMO decision making process in South Africa. Though the petition was forwarded to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, we are still in the dark as to its status. Meanwhile, Dow continue to apply for import approval for its 2,4-D tolerant GM crops, most recently in in July 2013, for a GM maize variety engineered to tolerate toxic combinations of 2,4-D, glufosinate and glyphosate.


This statement will be submitted to the G8, AGRA and CAADP for facilitating a new wave of colonialism in Africa.

The statement is supported by over 30 organisations and networks.


No ImPunity for ImPurity!

PLEASE say no to ImPurity by SIGNING OUR CIVIL SOCIETY PETITION TO TIGER BRANDS t/a PURITY calling on it to provide GM Free Food Now!!

Puritys Cream of Maize has tested positive as containing 56.25% GM maize; and Purity’s Purity Baby First has tested positive as containing 71.47% GM maize.

View the African Civil Society Statement: Call for a ban on GMOs TOTAL Signatures 657This petition, which calls for a ban on GMOs on the African continent, endorsed by more than 400 organisations across the African continent representing farmers, indigenous peoples and civil society groups has been submitted to the African Union for inclusion as an agenda item at the January 2013 Summit of the African Union.

Download the petition for a ban on GMOs to the African Union.

With gratitude to all the organisations and individuals that supported this cause. ACB team

Food justice for all - mail the SA producers

Let the food producers in south Africa know how you feel about what your family eats.