GM Labeling in South Africa: The Law Demystified PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 26 March 2012 08:21

Opinion_on_GM_Food_Labeling_Remedies-21-March-2012During March 2012, the ACB revealed that four household food products tested positive for genetically modified organisms. None of these products have been labeled in accordance with the requirements of applicable  South African laws. There appears to be a great deal of confusion about what the laws provide.

In this briefing, we outline what the legal position is, with regard to the labeling of GM food in South Africa, as well as the rights of recourse on the part of the South African consumer. The briefing is titled : "GM Labeling in South Africa: The Law Demystified"

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Understanding the impact of genetically modified crops in Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 26 January 2012 13:16

ACB is pleased to announce the production of this handbook.ACB Activist Handbook


Abbreviations and acronyms
About this handbook
1    Know the field and articulate your position
2     Familiarise yourself with the regulatory issues
3    Identify your allies
4    Interact with the process
5    Keep the pressure on
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We also include numerous  "Reading Resources" which are linked to specific pages/concepts within the Handbook.

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4. Whilst reading the Handbook, when you click on a Resource link, you will be taken directly to it.

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GM Banana Slips in South Africa: Key Issues and Concerns PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 14:52

GM-bananasIn this briefing we deal with the application by the University of Pretoria for permission to conduct the first ever field trials in South Africa involving GM bananas. The rationale for the genetic modification is to combat Fusarium wilt, caused by a soil born fungi Fusarium oxysporum f.sp cubense (Foc). The idea is to genetically engineer bananas with a rice gene  (NPRI homolog (NH1)) to confer resistance to the said Foc. The aim of the field trial is thus to evaluate Cavendish bananas that have been transformed to express the NH1 gene for disease tolerance against Foc.

We raise critically important biosafety concerns that have been overlooked in the application.

We also review the situation with banana production globally with particular emphasis on the decline in banana production in South Africa. It is our view that GM disease resistant bananas cannot overcome the current problems being experienced, ranging from land tenure to competition from more ecologically suitable production areas such as those in Mozambique. This real issue is that the shift in the industry will mean that 24 000 on farm jobs will be lost, which is a huge concern and requires urgent government attention and intervention. This problem is massively compounded by the fact that it appears as if these workers are unprotected in terms of access to unions.

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Corporate concentration and control in the grains and oilseed value chain in South Africa: A case study of the Bunge/Senwes joint venture PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:44
Senwes-Bunge_casestudy The Bunge/Senwes joint venture signals the first significant investment by Bunge in Africa. Bunge is one of the world's largest and most influential corporations and is amongst a handful of companies dominating global trade in agricultural commodities. Senwes holds a dominant position in the South African market for the storage and handling of grain crops. In this briefing, we provide inter alia:

  • A breakdown of the value chains of the various grains and oilseeds that the joint venture will focus upon, with particular attention being paid to the storage and handling of these crops;
  • Information on South Africa's three largest grain storage companies;
  • A summary of the merger and acquisition activity in the agribusiness sector, including areas of strategic convergence such as poultry production and grain storage and trading; and
  • Our major concerns with the joint venture and the imbalances and inequities in the food system that it entrenches.
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Objections and comments to the Biodiversity Management Plan for Pelargonium Sidoides, August 2011 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 08:05

Management of Pelagonium

This document contains the African Centre for Biosafety's (ACB)'s objections and comments to the Biodiversity Management Plan for Pelargonium sidoides, published by government on 29th July 2011.

The ACB raises a number of fundamental problems with the proposed plan, including that the process followed in developing the plan is legally and fundamentally flawed. We also take issue with its treatment of socio economic issues, benefit sharing, traditional knowledge, the export-oriented natural resource extraction model implicitly been adopted and foisted upon local communities and over reliance placed on traditional authorities concerning control over land and resource rights.

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