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GM Maize Cartels Gorge Profits on SA's Poor, Eye African Markets PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 14:06

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has today released its new research report titled 'GM Maize: Lessons For Africa-Cartels, Collusion And Control Of South Africa's Staple Food' showing how a select group of companies, including Tiger Brands, Pioneer and Premier Foods who have previously fixed the price of bread and maize meal, commandeer the entire maize value chain and continue to squeeze the poorest South Africans. The ACB has recently shown that the entire maize meal market is saturated with GM maize.i

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GM Maize: lessons for Africa - Cartels collusion and control of South Africa's staple food PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:58

GM-Maize-Report-coverThis is a briefing about power and control in our food system, focusing chiefly on South Africa's staple food, maize. It shows how a select group of companies, including Tiger Brands, Pioneer and Premier Foods commandeer the entire maize value chain and continue to squeeze the poorest South Africans. These corporate giants are now glancing covetously to the vast African market north of the Limpopo. Experiences from South Africa should serve as stark warnings.

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Monsanto's failed SA GM Maize pushed into rest of Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:36
BT-Maize-Report-Oct2013Today the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) released a new report ‘Africa bullied to grow defective Bt Maize: the failure of Monsanto’s MON810 maize in South Africa’i, showing how Monsanto’s GM maize, which utterly failed in SA, is now being foisted on the rest of the continent, through ‘sleight of hand’.

Independent scientists have shown that Monsanto’s GM maize variety, MON810 – which has been growing in SA for 15 years – has completely failed due to the development of massive insect resistance, leading to the GM maize being withdrawn from the SA market. Monsanto has compensated farmers who were forced to spray their crops with pesticides to control the pests, calling into serious question the very rationale for GM crops.

According to the Director of the ACB, Mariam Mayet, ‘Monsanto got the science completely wrong on this one. Independent biosafety scientists have discovered that the inheritance of resistance in African stem borers is a dominant, not recessive, trait as erroneously assumed. Hence the insect resistance management strategies that Monsanto developed, and accepted by our regulators, based on these erroneous assumptions, were utterly ineffective.’
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Africa bullied to grow defective BT Maize: the failure of Monsanto's M810 maize in South Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:56

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has released a new report 'Africa bullied to grow defective Bt Maize: the failure of Monsanto's MON810 maize in South Africa,' showing how Monsanto's GM maize which utterly failed in SA, is now being foisted on the rest of the continent, through 'sleight of hand.'

 

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FOOD FASCISM IN SOUTH AFRICA: TIGER BRANDS, PIONEER AND PREMIER FORCE FEEDING THE NATION RISKY GM MAIZE PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 18 October 2013 07:51

The ACB has today, released test results on the most extensively consumed maize brands in South Africa, which indicate that the entire maize supply is utterly saturated with GM maize. “The majority of South Africans are not only eating GM maize without their knowledge and consent but have no choice or alternative whatsoever even if the products were correctly labelled. This is totally undemocratic and unacceptable. It smacks of outright food fascism” said Mariam Mayet, Director of the African Centre for Biosafety.

 

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