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An ACB statement on Human Rights Day, 21 March
The COVID-19 outbreak illustrates the complex interactions between deforestation, reduced biological diversity, ecosystem destruction, and human health and safety, in large part driven by the globalised agricultural and food system. Further, with the threats posed by climate change, we can expect greater exposure to existing and emerging pathogens.
In this first alert of the decade, African Centre of Biodiversity research and advocacy officers Linzi Lewis and Sabrina Masinjila provide an update on the status of GM activities, in South Africa and in relation to the region.
Summary of current key trends
The South African government has authorised field trials of 2,4-D resistant soybean. Curiously, it has also authorised field trials involving 2,4-D resistant maize varieties, albeit that these events were already approved for commercial growing in 2019.
Authorisation has been given to export GM maize seeds (MON87640 X MON810 drought tolerant and Bt maize) to Kenya and Uganda for field trials. This variety has expressly been rejected by South African regulators for commercial growing in SA, due to non-performance.
Andean and African farmers condemn digital sequence information of potatoes from centres of origin – opens doors for biopiracy
Cusco, Peru; Johannesburg, South Africa and Kigali, Rwanda – 05 March, 2020
Billionaire potato overlords on both sides of the North Atlantic want to see genetically modified (GM) potatoes spread across the world. They rely on the collaboration of the Lima, Peru-based research institute, the International Potato Center (CIP), which is pushing to release a GM potato in East Africa, genetically engineered through cisgenesis.