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GMO - Genetically Modified Food

MONTSANTO forced to withdraw misleading advertising

FROM THE AFRICAN CENTRE FOR BIOSAFETY

Johannesburg South Africa, 17 March 2014

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa has today ordered Monsanto to withdraw its advertisement on Radio 702 with immediate effect, wherein Monsanto claims the benefits of GM crops. According to ASA, Monsanto’s claims were found to be unsubstantiated and misleading.

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) lodged a complaint to the ASA following an advertisement on Radio 702 by Monsanto wherein Monsanto claims that GM crops “enable us to produce more food sustainably whilst using fewer resources; provide a healthier environment by saving on pesticides; decrease greenhouse gas emissions and increase crop yields substantially.” The ACB was supported in its complaint by Ms Judith Taylor from Earthlife Africa.

A Critique of AGRA's African Agriculture Status Report 2013

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has released a comprehensive critique of a report published by the African Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA): African Agriculture Status Report 2013.
The critique reveals that AGRA’s vision is premised on Public Private Partnerships in which African governments will shoulder the cost and burden of developing regulatory procedures and infrastructure
to enable private agribusiness to profit from new African agriculture markets.

GM Maize Cartels Gorge Profits on SA's Poor, Eye African Markets

From the African Centre for Biosafety:

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

Food Fight! - Genetically modified food, not all it is made out to be

By Leonette Le Roux of Ecoshopper

Please visit www.ecoshopper.co.za .

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Plants (S. chacoense) transformed using Agrobacterium. Transformed cells start forming calluses on the side of the leaf pieces.

So, has the world finally gone mad? Have we swapped our sanity for sustainability? If we look at the facts sheet, crop biotechnology surely seems to steal the show, reducing pesticide spraying by a staggering 474 million kg between 1996 and 2011 (an 8.9% reduction), resulting in a whopping 14.609 million kg of carbon dioxide saving, the reduction of green house gas emissions equivalent to removing 6.5 million cars from the road for a year!(1 )