South Africa and 2,4 D stacked GM maize: biosafety, socio-economic risks...

In 2015–2016 Dow AgroSciences Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd performed field trials on maize tolerant to 2,4-D (event DAS-87078-9) and stacked varieties carrying not only 2,4-D tolerance, but also glyphosate tolerance and/or Bt insectidal toxins. The trials are on going in 2017. The trials follow the approval for import for food, feed and processing in 2012, despite the crop not having been approved anywhere in the world for cultivation and public outcry in SA.

This paper reports on the global failings of GM crops to date to do their stated job: to control weeds and pests, reduce environmental burden of toxic pesticides and improve farmer costs.

In 2015–2016 Dow AgroSciences Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd performed field trials on maize tolerant to 2,4-D (event DAS-87078-9) and stacked varieties carrying not only 2,4-D tolerance, but also glyphosate tolerance and/or Bt insectidal toxins. The trials are on going in 2017. The trials follow the approval for import for food, feed and processing in 2012, despite the crop not having been approved anywhere in the world for cultivation and public outcry in SA.

This paper reports on the global failings of GM crops to date to do their stated job: to control weeds and pests, reduce environmental burden of toxic pesticides and improve farmer costs.

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