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What you should know about Dows, 2,4-D GM maize PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2012 10:58

What You Should Know about DOW's 2,4-D GM MaizeDuring May 2012, the South African GMO authorities1 approved Dow Chemical's highly controversial GM maize variety, DAS-40278-9 for import into South Africa for direct use as food, feed and processing. This GM variety has been genetically engineered to withstand liberal applications of Dow's toxic chemical herbicide 2,4-D and has yet to be approved for growing anywhere in the world. An application for commercial cultivation has been lodged by Dow in the United States, where it is pending approval, amid a maelstrom of protest from diverse sectors of US society, ranging from public health professionals to US farmers.

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Comments on COMESA's Draft Policy on Commercial Planting, Trade and Emergency Food Aid Involving Genetically Modified Organisms. PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 16:31
ACB comments_endorsed On the 8th and 9th May 2012 COMESA held a meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, to review a draft policy on the regulation and trade of GMOs for the region. While the Biotech Industry was very well represented at the meeting, civil society was completely left out of the process. This policy is being drafted behind closed doors to suit the trade interests of the major sponsor of the Policy - the United States government. Rather than ensure the most effective biosafety procedures for the Region, this policy is crafted to create an enabling environment for the free trade of GMOs with few checks and balances. The policy poses a threat to the national sovereignty of Member States, all but excludes public participation in the decision making process on GMOs and lowers the bar when it comes to risk assessments.
 
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This document is endorsed by:

  • The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) -  comprising of 36 members in 12 countries (Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
  • Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN)
  • The National Organic Produce Initiative (NOPI) (South Africa)
  • The Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Southern Africa (BDAASA)
  • Abalimi Bezekhaya (South Africa)  
 
South Africa's Seed Systems: Challenges for food sovereignty PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:44
Seed_study-2012The African Centre for Biosafety and Trust for Community Outreach and Education, have the pleasure of sharing with you, our new study, which provides an overview of the structure of the seed system in South Africa, the types of seed in use and their pros and cons, the legislative and policy environment, and the role of the public sector in seed production and distribution in South Africa. It aims to identify the trends in the seed sector and consider possible points of intervention to advance the agenda of strengthening small-scale resource-poor farmers in control over and access to appropriate seed for seed sovereignty, which sits at the heart of food sovereignty.


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Hazardous Harvest: Genetically Modified Crops in South Africa: 2008-2012 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 08:22
Hazardous Harvest-May2012In this publication, we provide a comprehensive update of the situation with GMOs in SA. Since our last South African update on genetically modified crops, and the transnational companies that control the technology published in 2008, GMOs have become even more entrenched in the country's agricultural landscape. Over three quarters of South Africa's maize is now GM, Roundup Ready soybean cultivation has increased nearly fourfold. If Pioneer Hi-Bred's acquisition of Pannar seed is accepted, we are about to relinquish all control over our seed system to two US multinational corporations. During 2010 and 2011, nearly 6 million tons of GM maize was exported to destinations in Africa and Mexico, the centre of origin of maize.

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Big Business Drives SA's Biofuels Programme PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 08:12

Big Business Drive BiofuelsIn late February 2012 leading figures from the fossil fuel industry met in Pretoria to forge ahead with the government's highly controversial plans for an SA biofuels industry. The catalyst for this meeting was the publication by the government last September of draft regulations for the mandatory blending of biofuels in the nation's fuel supply. This article, which first appeared as an Op-ed in the Cape Times on the 17th of April 2012, seeks to highlight some of the substantial concerns around agro-fuels which were not discussed at the workshop.

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