The Pioneer/Pannar seed merger: deepening structural inequalities in South Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:26
The Pioneer/Panaar Seed-Merger in South AfricaIn this briefing, we deal with the Pioneer/Pannar seed merger, outlining the evidence led by the ACB in opposing the merger, what is at stake for South Africa if the merger is approved and the extent to which the merger will deepen structural imbalances in the South African economy.

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How Much Glyphosate is on your dinner plate? SA's food safety compromised by lack of testing PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:27

ACB_Glyphosate_Food_Safety_in_SA_July2012This briefing paper forms part of a series of briefing papers on glyphosate to be released later this year by the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB). In this paper, we focus principally on food safety issues, highlighting our grave concerns about the utter regulatory failure concerning particularly, the monitoring, inspection and testing of food for glyphosate residues.

This situation is extremely worrying, given the dramatic increase in the use of glyphosate in food production in South Africa and the risks it poses to human and animal health.

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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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