Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa: Turning Africa into a repository for failed agricultural technologies PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 07 February 2010 13:10

The 'new' Green Revolution push in Africa is directed squarely at increasing agricultural production as the continent's most fundamental development priority. The most visible actor in the Green Revolution onslaught is the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Despite initial successes in increasing output in Asia and Latin America, the Green Revolutions in those respective continents have nevertheless been criticized for their environmental, nutritional and micro-economic impacts. In light of these disparate findings on the various impacts of the Green Revolution, the wholesale adoption of its methods on the African continent would appear miss-informed.

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The status of Genetically Modified (GM) pharmaceutical crop research in South Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 07 February 2010 11:45

Genetically modified (GM) pharmaceutical crops are crops which have been genetically engineered / modified to produce pharmaceuticals. These pharmaceuticals can be vaccines, anti-bodies or therapeutic proteins. Pharma-crops (as they are known) are a contested and little-known terrain, with remarkable benefits beingclaimed for them in South Africa. Other voices ask about the contamination of the food supply and the environment, and the social costs of this technology. Following our own research into on the issue the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) contends that further research is needed into potential risks to human health and the food chain, and that the outcomes of this need to be kept in the public domain.

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A profile of Monsanto in South Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 07 February 2010 11:30

Monsanto is a globally dominant company in the agrochemical, seed and agricultural biotechnology sector. It has been active in the agrochemicals market in South Africa since 1968, and now owns almost all traits used in the South African GM crop market. Thanks to the purchase of local seed companies, Sensako and Carnia, in the late 1990s the multinational now accounts for an estimated 40% of the grain seed market in South Africa.

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The Geopolitics of agrofuels PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2010 14:34

The current ecological crisis has elicited a number of market based 'solutions' from the corporate - northern axis and their conduits at various international development agencies. The appropriation of vast swathes of land (often labelled 'marginal' by its proponents), especially in the global south, for the production of agro-fuels will undermine food security and aggravate social tensions, further degrade bio-diversity and only entrench the already existing global energy hierarchy that is the root cause of so much political, economic and environmental instability in the world.

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South Africa's ban on GM import approvals PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2010 13:06

In September/October 2005, at the behest of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Executive Council (EC): GMO Act took the decision not to approve any more new GM applications for the purposes of importation in South Africa as food, feed and processing. The decision was taken to accommodate serious concerns by the DTI regarding price distortions of GM maize, and its concomitant impacts on the South African economy as a whole.

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