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PRESS RELEASE from the African Centre for Biodiversity
SA Government rejects Monsanto’s Triple stacked GM Drought tolerant maize
Johannesburg 15 November 2018
The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) welcomes the decision of the South African biosafety authorities, rejecting Monsanto’s application for the commercial release of its GM drought tolerant triple stacked maize: MON 87460 x MON 89034 x NK 603.
At its meeting on the 2nd October 2018, the Executive Council: GMO Act, refused to authorize the GM maize for commercial growing as it found that the data provided by Monsanto was insufficient to demonstrate the claimed drought tolerant and insect resistant efficacy of the GM event.
From the 18-20 October 2018, the Good Food and Seed Festival was held at the Harare Botanical Gardens in Zimbabwe. Edmore Parichi, Busi Mgangxela and Aviwe Biko are small-scale farmers from Eastern Cape in South Africa who took part in this very important event with support from African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB). All the provinces of Zimbabwe were represented including farmers from Zambia and Malawi. Present from Zimbabwe were Zimbabwe Small holder Organic Farmers' Forum (ZIMSOFF), Cluster Agricultural Development Services (CADS), research institutes, students from institutions of higher learning, seed companies, NGO staff, Tsuro Trust, government personnel and buyers. The purpose of this festival was to create a platform where small-scale farmers share information, knowledge and seeds and to build farmer skills and networking in marketing their produce.
Press Release issued by African Centre for Biodiversity, Third World Network and GeneWatch UK
Johannesburg, 9 November 2018
Release of risky GM mosquitoes in Burkina Faso highly unethical
Risky genetically modified (GM) “male-sterile” mosquitoes are due to be released in the very near future, in Burkina Faso by the Target Malaria research consortium. However, Target Malaria acknowledges that there are no benefits to the proposed GM mosquito release.
According to Mariam Mayet, Executive Director of the African Centre for Biodiversity, “There is absolutely no justification for releasing these GM mosquitoes. It is highly unethical and totally unacceptable to conduct experiments which carry risks, yet do not bring any benefit for malaria control in Burkina Faso”.