African Centre for Biosafety
Civil Society Calls for PUBLIC Parliamentary Hearings on Genetically Modified Food PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 09 September 2013 12:32

On the 6th of August 2012, the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB), supported by 18 health professionals, more than 7000 individuals, 22 organisations and the Honourable Cheryllyn Dudley of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), submitted a petition to the National Assembly. The petition called for a review of the government decision to allow the import of "agent orange" maize, a review of GMO risk assessment procedures and an open, public hearing on GMOs.

Over the past year, those who signed this petition have repeatedly called on the ACB for progress on this issue. Since we have had no response from government we opened up the signatures again and prepared this follow-up text to be handed in to Parliament on the 13th September 2013, together with new signatures, now totaling 10 000.

We have noted with great concern that the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' briefing on the 13th September 2013 on GM food in South Africa only includes presentations from government departments and excludes representatives from civil society, health professionals and scientists.

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Open letter to the National Chamber of Milling on GMO labelling and the development of a GM-Free market PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 20 July 2013 10:46

In July 2012 the National Chamber of Milling (NCM) posted a ‘position on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on its website, in which it supports the principle of consumer choice and pledges to ‘encourage identity preservation within the grain supply chain to enable clear labelling of our product to the consumer market’.

However, the biotech industry lobby group AfricaBio, who have lobbied vociferously against the labelling of GM food in South Africa, has also claimed to have ‘forged a strategic partnership with the NCM’ to engage with government on the GM labelling issues. That being the case, the ACB has written an open letter to the NCM asking for clarification of its relationship with AfricaBio, to push for a stringent and accurate labelling and identity preservation system (including establishing GM free maize and soya chains) and supporting the independent, long term and transparent risk assessment of GMOs in South Africa.


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2012 Tests

2013 Tests


100% GM Maize, 37% GM Soya

Purity's Cream of Maize: 56% GM maize

Purity Baby First: 71% GM maize

Bokomo Wheat free Pronutro:

90% GM maize, 71% GM soya

Ace supermaize meal: 78% GM maize
Ace maize rice: 70% GM maize
Ace instant porridge: 68% GM maize
Nestle Cerelac Infant Cereal: 76% GM maize Lion Samp and beans: 48% GM maize
Impala maize meal: 66% GM maize Jungle Breakfast: 41% GM maize
Do African Farmers Need CAADP? PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 12 July 2013 09:15

TCOE-CAADPThe Peoples' Dialogue and the Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE) have written a short booklet on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the  African Union's framework for agricultural development for Africa, titled “Do African Farmers Need CAADP?”

The objective is to summarise and simplify information on CAADP so as to, collectively, create awareness and discussion among small-scale/peasant farmers and the organisations that work with them, on the potential threats and implications for our various food sovereignty campaigns, as multinationals aim to penetrate and control agricultural policies and food and other agricultural production in Africa.  

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Africa demands Tiger Brands to Go GM Free PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 05 July 2013 09:53

Letter from ACB to Tiger Brands supported by 39 African organisations working at grass-roots on issues of agriculture, consumer concerns and primary health care calling upon Tiger Brands to go GM free. Tiger Brands operates in 25 African countries and has ownership of a number of food manufacturers on the continent including Chococam (Cameroon), Deli Foods (Nigeria), EATBI (Ethiopia), Haco Tiger Brands (Kenya), National Foods (Zimbabwe), UAC Foods (Nigeria), Dangote Flour Mills (Nigeria).

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ACB’s objection to Dow’s application for field trials: MON 89034 x TC 1507 x MON NK603 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:46

The ACB has submitted an objection to an application by Dow Agro-sciences to conduct a field trial of the stacked GM maize event MON 89034 x TC 1507 x MON NK603. Most of the information required for an independent assessment has been omitted on the grounds that it is ‘confidential business information’. What information has been provided is woefully inadequate, relies on discredited scientific principles, such as substantial equivalence, and makes broad claims of environmental and socio-economic ‘benefits’ without reference to any peer-reviewed studies.

The ACB believes that Dow’s application has failed to adequately show that MON89034 x 1507 x NK603 is safe for human, animal and environmental health, and should therefore be rejected by the Executive Council. The submission has been endorsed by the Southern Cape Land Committee.

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