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Section: Policy and Regulation Date: Jul 07, 2015
 GM and Seed Industry Eye West Africa's Lucrative Cowpea Seed Market
This new report argues that the GM cowpea push in Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Ghana coincides with a strong interest from multinational and local seed companies to produce foundation and certified seed in West Africa.
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Section: Policy and Regulation Date: Jul 06, 2015
 Setting the Record Straight on Tanzania's Biosafety Laws
Tanzania has recently amended its Biosafety Regulations. This statement from the Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity clarifies that strict liability still applies to all activity involving GMOs, with an exception for researchers and research activities.
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Section: Traits in Agriculture Date: Jun 30, 2015
 What Next After A Ban on Glyphosate?
Following the IARC assessment of glyphosate as a "probable human carcinogen", this briefing calls for a ban on glyphosate, for other toxic herbicides to come under urgent review and measures to ensure that more toxic chemicals do not replace glyphosate.
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Section: Agriculture / Organisms Date: Jun 29, 2015
 The False Promise of GM Cotton for Africa
This article discusses the failings of commercial GM cotton production in Burkino Faso and South Africa, with smallholder GM cotton farmers impoverished due to the expense of the technology coupled with associated technological failures.
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Section: Key Regulatory Issues Date: Jun 16, 2015
 The Precautionary Principle Should Be Interpreted Critically and Preemptively
This paper, written by the Lead Petitioner in the Public Interest Writ filed in India’s Supreme Court, argues that the Precautionary Principle must be interpreted critically and pre-emptively for its proper application to the unique risks of GM crops.
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Section: Trends in Industry Date: Jun 10, 2015
 Where GM Crops and Foods are in the World
This report describes what, where and how much GM crops are grown in Canada and around the world and where they end up in our food system.
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Section: Sustainable Systems Date: Jun 04, 2015
 The Misguided Strategy of GE Crops
This article concludes that GE crops are a misguided strategy to feed the world, citing their many failures and risks. It proposes low-input, multifunctional, locally-adapted, and culturally appropriate sustainable farming systems as a better alternative.
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Section: Sustainable Systems Date: Jun 02, 2015
 Agroecology: A Proven Plan of Action to Ensure Food Security and Sovereignty
The social, political, cultural, nutritional and spiritual significance of agroecology to peasant communities is captured in a new publication which presents agroecology as the best way to put food sovereignty into action and feed the world sustainably.
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Section: Sustainable Systems Date: May 22, 2015
 Who Shapes Food Systems, And Who Has a Say in How They are Reformed?
Who holds the power to shape food systems, and who sets the terms of debate when it comes to reforming them? These were the questions asked by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, IPES-Food, as it launched its first report.
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Section: Traits in Agriculture Date: May 19, 2015
 The Impact of Secondary Pests on Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Crops
A study published this year in Plant Biotechnology Journal focuses on the development and impacts of secondary pests on Bt crops. Insecticide spraying to deal with this problem would undermine the whole rationale for the introduction of Bt crops which was
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»  Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research
»  CAP/SAM Raise Serious Concerns on Planned GM Mosquitoes Release
»  The Genetic Engineering of Smallpox
»  Biotechnology and Sustainable Development
»  Why Biotech Patents Are Patently Absurd - Scientific Briefing on TRIPs and Related Issues
»  Capacity Building and the Biosafety Protocol: A TWN report
»  Model Law for Safety in Biotechnology for Africa
»  Post-Market Oversight of Biotech Foods: Is the System Prepared?
»  Biotechnology and Indigenous People

Tackling Hidden Hunger

  1) Course Announcement: Capacity Building Course Southern Africa Region, 20-26 September 2015, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Date: September 20, 2015 to September 26, 2015
Venue: Potchefstroom, South Africa

  1) Campaign To Stop Smallpox Genetic Engineering
Date: January 28, 2014
  2) Stop the Spread of Transgenes!
Date: May 28, 2014

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