Author Archives: Daniel Otunge

Nigeria Environment Minister says Biotech has role to play in Economy

The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has said that Nigeria is ready to Environment Minister: Mohamed deploy biotechnology to boost the economy of the country.   In an interview with the press after a courtesy visit to her office by … Continue reading

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Scientists Developing Climate-Adapted GM Rice

Genetically engineering a new strain of hyper-efficient, drought-resistant rice, known as C4, is part of a multi-national research effort the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has called one of the “10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2015.” A team of scientists from eight … Continue reading

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Bright day for Biosciences in Kenya as NBA approves release of Bt maize

In a bold, historic move, the Kenya NBA (National Biosafety Authority) has granted approval (http://www.biosafetykenya.go.ke/images/Public_Notice.pdf ) for environmental release of Bt Maize. This approval, which was purely based on evidence provided by the applicants, culminates a long journey that started … Continue reading

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GM policy change will depend on local evidence, says Tanzania minister

The Government of Tanzania will review the biosafety regulations to allow for commercial release of GM crops based on locally produced scientific evidence to prove safety and benefits of homegrown transgenic crops. The Minister for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. … Continue reading

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Italian Senator exposes bad science used against GMOs globally

Once again the world is waking up to the good news that yet another fake research paper against GMOs has been retracted. Such papers have been many, with the most prominent one that did a lot of damage being the … Continue reading

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What Can We Do About the Science Communication Crisis?

We have almost no data on how specific print, television, or Internet stories influence public perception of scientific issues—and it’s crucial to find out. In the 2004 Academy Award-winning drama Sideways, Paul Giamatti’s character, a wine aficionado, makes it quite … Continue reading

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Filipino Science Academy faults Supreme Court decision

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PHILIPPINES (NAST-PHL)  has expressed grave concern on the serious negative effect on food security and on the research community of the Supreme Court decision against GMOs In a recent ruling that has been widely … Continue reading

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Kenya court’s ruling on anti-GMO petition commendable

LAST AUGUST, anti-GMO groups filed a court petition in the High Court of Kenya on the grounds that they have imminent fear that the Ban placed on GMOs is about to be lifted. Principally they sued the Cabinet Secretary (CS), … Continue reading

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Dark day for Science in The Philippines

THE DECISION by the Philippines’ Supreme Court to uphold the ban on GMO Bt talong (eggplant) field trials is a huge disappointment to the scientific community and others pursuing the dream of sustainable and progressive agriculture in this country. The … Continue reading

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GM crops can benefit organic farmers too

In this opinion piece, Ian Godwin, a professor in plant molecular genetics at the University of Queensland, Australia, writes that the adoption of genetically modified (GM) technology has reduced pesticide use by 37 percent, increased crop yields by 22 percent, … Continue reading

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