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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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Section: Assessment & Impacts Date: Apr 21, 2015
 Cry1Ab Protein Triggers Immunogenic and Allergenic Reactions in Mice
A study has found that exposure via nasal inhalation to the Bt protein Cry1Ab produced immunogenic and allergenic reactions in mice.
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Section: Assessment & Impacts Date: Apr 20, 2015
 Unexpected Reactions in GM Maize in Response to Environmental Stress
A new study published in the journal PLOS One has demonstrated that gene expression and content of Bt toxin in GM maize cannot be reliably predicted, particularly under stressful conditions.
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Section: Traits in Agriculture Date: Mar 31, 2015
 Scientists Back Up WHO’s Classification of Glyphosate as “Probably Carcinogenic”
A scientific commentary on the WHO IARC’s new assessment of glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" has affirmed the move, highlighting the selection of assessors with no conflict of interest and citing more evidence of the harm of glyphosate.
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Section: Traits in Agriculture Date: Mar 30, 2015
 Glyphosate Declared a Probable Carcinogen to Humans by WHO
The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate, the world’s most widely-used herbicide, as “probably carcinogenic” to humans. Glyphosate is also widely used in conjunction with GM crops that are resistant to this herbicide
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Section: Agriculture / Organisms Date: Mar 25, 2015
 Oxitec’s GM Mosquitoes: A Credible Approach to Dengue Fever?
GeneWatch UK briefing summarizing the concerns related to GM mosquitoes.
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Section: Biosafety Science Date: Mar 25, 2015
 Study Links Widely Used Pesticides to Antibiotic Resistance
News articles on the issue of antibiotic resistance and the links to commercial formulations of the herbicides glyphosate, 2,4-D and dicamba.
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Section: Biosafety Science Date: Mar 25, 2015
 Exposure to Herbicides can Cause Change in Bacterial Response to Antibiotics
This study demonstrates that sub-lethal exposure to the herbicides dicamba, 2,4-D and glyphosate can cause bacteria to change their response to antibiotics.
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Section: Assessment & Impacts Date: Mar 23, 2015
 Unintended Effects Observed in Stacked GM Maize
A recent study has found unexpected effects in GM maize stacked with herbicide-tolerance and insect-resistant trait, as compared to GM maize with only one of these traits.
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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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