Monthly Archives: August 2014

New resource shows half of GMO research is independent

Those who follow the issue of genetically engineered crops have heard claims that there is little independent research on their safety for consumption or the environment. A new public database of research tells a different story. The resource is the … Continue reading

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Using the Genes of Israeli Wheat To Fight Climate Change

Searching For Good Genes: Tamar Krugman, the curator of the Wild Cereal Gene Bank in Haifa, is using the genes of wild wheat to breed a variety that is resistant to drought. Climate change and population growth have agricultural experts … Continue reading

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The New Yorker exposes Vandana Shiva’s lies about biotech

For years, media coverage of genetically modified foods (GMOs) has been dominated by simplistic ‘conveyor-belt kind of reporting’ of the ‘he said’ ‘she said’ type. So much so it is justified to argue that such journalism has largely been responsible … Continue reading

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Africa should rethink its stance on GM crops

As Africa continues with its sterile debate on alleged risks of first-generation genetically modified crops despite evidence to the contrary, leading scientists elsewhere tired of the hostilities have moved on to second-generation crop genetic-modification techniques. The main reason why scientists … Continue reading

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Africa Agricultural Initiative Gets $7 Billion Boost from Private Companies

A group of African and U.S. firms on Tuesday will announce an additional $7 billion in spending to promote agricultural development in Africa, nearly doubling an Obama administration initiative aimed at mobilizing private money to ease hunger and poverty on the … Continue reading

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Kenya: import ban holding game-changing GM crops amidst hunger, poverty

A new report by Chatham House, the London-based international think on global issues, has warned that Africa risks squandering opportunities to reduce poverty among the majority of her people amid a toxic debate about genetically modified (GM) crops. The report, … Continue reading

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