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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 http://www.futurelife.co.za/gmo/

 
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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Comments by the African Centre for Biosafety on SA’s Plant Improvement Bill PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:43

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO), over the course of the 20th century, 75% of the world’s plant genetic diversity was lost, as local varieties and land races have been replaced with genetically uniform seed. A similar process in animal husbandry has put 53% of all livestock breeds at risk of extinction. At the turn of the 21st century, 12 plant and five animal species generated three quarters of the world’s food. This is no accident, but the result of a very particular system of food production that demands uniformity and yield, over diversity and nutrition and where vast monocultures can be grown, harvested, processed and then ‘freely’ traded over thousands of miles. It is a system that, by some estimates, contributes up to 57% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is also a system that, particularly in the USA and European Union, is propped up by a vast subsidy system.

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ACB's comments on the Plant Breeders Rights Bill PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:33

We are grateful to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for allowing us the opporunity to attend the stakeholder workshop on the 22nd of May 2013 and for inviting us to submit our comments on the Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill. We are also pleased to note that the DAFF has indeed taken on board several comments and contributions made by the ACB in previous submissions and consultations on the previous version of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill.

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Modernising African Agriculture: Who benefits? Civil Society statement on the G8, AGRA and the African Union's CAADP PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 03 June 2013 12:07

African agriculture is in need of support and investment. Many initiatives are flowing from the North, including the G8’s “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa” and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). These initiatives are framed in terms of the African Union’s Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP). This gives them a cover of legitimacy. But what is driving these investments, and who is set to benefit from them?

This statement, signed by close to 60 organisations from 37 African countries, places these ‘modernisation’ initiatives in the context of the gathering global crisis with financial, economic, energy and ecological dimensions. It further calls upon these institutions to recognise the immense diversity found in African agriculture, and frame their responses accordingly.

 

Download the statements sent to AGRA, CAADP and the UK Government:

 

  English - Statement sent to AGRA 79.73 Kb

  English - Statement sent to CAADP 79.74 Kb

  English - Statement sent to UK Government 80.10 Kb

 

  French - Statement sent to AGRA 74.43 Kb

  French - Statement sent to CAADP 75.03 Kb

 

  Portuguese - Statement sent to Agra 86.57 Kb

  Portuguese - Statement sent to CAADP 86.19 Kb

 
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