SA Government rejects Monsanto’s Triple stacked GM Drought tolerant maize

Press release

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.

Release of risky GM mosquitoes in Burkina Faso highly unethical

Press release

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”.