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Bayer breathing life into Gates’ failed GM drought tolerant maize

Alert

Agrarian extractivism continues unabated on the African continent 

In this alert, African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) research and advocacy officers, Sabrina Masinjila and Rutendo Zendah, give insights into the development of a double stacked drought tolerant variety MON 87460 x MON 810, under the Gate’s funded project, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), now known as TELA, for sub-Saharan countries. 

Regulator’s blind eye of Corteva’s toxic spread: 2,4-D GM maize and agrarian extractivism in South Africa

Alert

It is incontestable that 2,4-D is extremely toxic for the environment and human health, as numerously raised and resisted by civil society for more than a decade. However, a succession of South African regulators over the years have failed to stop 2,4-D from entering our agricultural and food system, in a global context where many countries are re-evaluating the toxicity of herbicides, and setting more stringent limits of what they will permit. 

Genome editing: new wave of false corporate solutions for Africa’s food systems. Forewarnings of impending failure of new GM technofixes

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African food sovereignty movement's victory over, and continued resistance against, the biotech industry

Despite two decades of biotech industry-backed lobbying, funding, relentless propaganda and backroom deals, supported by neo-colonial philanthropy-capitalists, such as Bill Gates; this machinery has very little to show. Only 2.9 million hectares of genetically modified (GM) crops are being grown on the continent, of which 93% is in South Africa, and then too, only in respect of maize, soyabeans and cotton.