GMOs in SA

Gates and Monsanto’s Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:02
WEMA reportIn this report, the ACB interrogates the Gates Foundation and Monsanto’s Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project and exposes it to be nothing more than corporate “green washing,” designed to ensnare small holder farmers into adopting hybrid and GM maize in order to benefit seed and agro-chemical companies.


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Peddling for Profits: Pioneer Hi-Bred's redundant rootworm-resistant GM maize coming soon to South Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:42

GM-Rootworm-20140723In this briefing, we show how SA’s biosafety regulatory system favours profits over sound biosafety practise as the regulators have authorised field trials of a GM maize variety to combat a pest, the corn root worm that does not exist in SA at all and will not, for 100 years!!

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GM Contamination, Cartels and Collusion in South Africa’s Bread Industry PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 18:48

GM-Bread-201405This briefing paper exposes the high levels of GM soya in South Africa's popular white bread brands and reveals how just four companies – Tiger Brands, Pioneer Foods, Premier Foods and Foodcorp control the Wheat-to-Bread value chain. This value chain feeds into another concentrated retail food market controlled by Shoprite/Checkers, Pick n Pay, Woolworths and Spar. With this report the ACB has now highlighted that South Africa's top two staples – Maize and Bread – are both controlled by the same cartel.


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Open letter to the National Chamber of Milling on GMO labelling and the development of a GM-Free market PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 20 July 2013 10:46

In July 2012 the National Chamber of Milling (NCM) posted a ‘position on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on its website, in which it supports the principle of consumer choice and pledges to ‘encourage identity preservation within the grain supply chain to enable clear labelling of our product to the consumer market’.

However, the biotech industry lobby group AfricaBio, who have lobbied vociferously against the labelling of GM food in South Africa, has also claimed to have ‘forged a strategic partnership with the NCM’ to engage with government on the GM labelling issues. That being the case, the ACB has written an open letter to the NCM asking for clarification of its relationship with AfricaBio, to push for a stringent and accurate labelling and identity preservation system (including establishing GM free maize and soya chains) and supporting the independent, long term and transparent risk assessment of GMOs in South Africa.


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2012 Tests

2013 Tests

FutureLife *:

100% GM Maize, 37% GM Soya

Purity's Cream of Maize: 56% GM maize

Purity Baby First: 71% GM maize

Bokomo Wheat free Pronutro:

90% GM maize, 71% GM soya

Ace supermaize meal: 78% GM maize
Ace maize rice: 70% GM maize
Ace instant porridge: 68% GM maize
Nestle Cerelac Infant Cereal: 76% GM maize Lion Samp and beans: 48% GM maize
Impala maize meal: 66% GM maize Jungle Breakfast: 41% GM maize


*As from the 1st July 2013, all products produced in the FUTURELIFE® factory have been made from NON-GMO raw materials. You can view the Futurelife Policy Statement at

Africa demands Tiger Brands to Go GM Free PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 05 July 2013 09:53

Letter from ACB to Tiger Brands supported by 39 African organisations working at grass-roots on issues of agriculture, consumer concerns and primary health care calling upon Tiger Brands to go GM free. Tiger Brands operates in 25 African countries and has ownership of a number of food manufacturers on the continent including Chococam (Cameroon), Deli Foods (Nigeria), EATBI (Ethiopia), Haco Tiger Brands (Kenya), National Foods (Zimbabwe), UAC Foods (Nigeria), Dangote Flour Mills (Nigeria).

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Petition requesting a ban on the import for food, feed and processing of Dow Chemical’s GM maize variety DAS-40278-9, and for a full enquiry into the decision-making process around GMO permits in South Africa. PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:07

ACB’s submission to SA Parliament to:

  1. Overturn the decision of the Executive Council: GMO Act to approve the importation for food, feed and processing, of Dow Chemical’s GM maize variety, DAS-40278-9;
  2. To prohibit the importation of the GM maize variety, DAS-40278-9; and
  3. Ensure that the provisions for public participation with regard to the GMO decision-making process in South Africa are transparent, just and fair.

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Letters to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for urgent interventions: Dow’s 2,4 D + glufosinate ammonium+ glyphosate tolerant GM soya. PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 21:48

Request for intervention to uphold the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health – GM crops engineered to be resistant to three herbicides: 2,4-D, glufosinate ammonium and glyphosate.


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Previous letters sent to:

Mr. Anand Grover
Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health

28-11-2012   Download 360.66 Kb
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Letter to the UN secretariat on 2,4D PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 21:25

Request for intervention on GMOs likely to have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity; GM soybean tolerant to 2,4-D, glufosinate and glyphosate (DAS-44406-6).

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Annex A GM crops in the pipeline   AnnexA-SR-physica-and-mental-health.pdf 35.53 Kb

Setting the record straight on the Seralini GM maize rat study: why the SA government must urgently intervene PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 15 October 2012 19:10
Setting the record straightIn this briefing we respond to the main criticisms of the Seralini GM maize rat study (which have been appearing ad nauseum in the world's mainstream media); provide some background as to the importance of the NK603 GM maize to the biotechnology industry (and hence the scale of their reaction); and place the attacks on Seralini in the context of previous experiences of those whose research has uncovered some inconvenient truths about the nature and risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We also reiterate our calls for urgent intervention by the SA government to inter alia, ban the said GM variety.

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Open Letter to AGRI SA: Response to its unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of GM maize in SA PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 15:11
Snippet from the letter below.

The ACB read with interest an article published in the Business Day (2nd October, 'AgriSA backs gene-modified maize'), in which you argue that the curtailment of cultivating GM maize in South Africa would lead to lower yields, higher maize prices, and an increase in the use of agricultural pesticides. You then further go on to claim that GM crops are less susceptible to pests and drought. We find these claims to be spurious, unsubstantiated and completely detached from the day to day realities of our agricultural system.

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