GM Agrofuel maize to enter SA food system!...

In this GMO Alert, the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) shares information that the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, has in February 2017, granted Syngenta SA a commodity permit to import genetically modified (GM) maize that is genetically engineered for enhanced ethanol production for the agrofuels industry. (The maize expresses an enzyme, which degrades the starch, thereby enhancing ethanol production.) The maize in question is “stacked” – meaning that, in addition to ethanol production, it is also genetically engineered for pest resistance and herbicide tolerance.

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