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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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The Long, winding road to a Biosafety Protocol - a South African view PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2010 13:04

At the negotiations for the Biosafety Protocol in Cartagena, the South Africa government surprised critics by displaying a maturity and understanding of the issues and concerns facing developing countries on the question of genetically engineered organisms; This in spite of attempts by the 'Miami group', a negotiating group representing the largest producer nations of biotechnology, to significantly weaken the Protocol during its negotiation phase.

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African Agriculture under genetic engineering onslaught PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2010 13:03

Genetic engineering has made rapid entry into agriculture in the United States, Argentina, Canada, Brazil and South Africa, with these countries accounting for 99% of genetically modified (GM) crops grown globally. Now we are witnessing aggressive attempts, especially by the United States through its agency for international development (USAID) and its genetic engineering industry, to impose GM crops upon Africa under the guise of addressing food security, environmental stress and fighting poverty.

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