GMOs and Development Edgar J. DaSilva Director, Section of Life Sciences Division of Basic and Engineering Sciences UNESCO, Paris, France E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Important issues such as the conservation of the environment, the energy crisis, expansion and migration of populations, use of agro-residual resources, ocean agriculture, global warming, water security, biowarfare, and emerging diseases have somehow made it to the top of the agenda of international co-operation. The perennial problems of widespread starvation linked to poverty are now back again in the limelight as a result of globalization, biotechnology and summit meetings. Novel agriculture, genetic modified organisms (GMOs), GM crops and […]
The world’s leading producers of GM crops are the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India and China. In 2006, GM crop production also reached noteworthy levels in Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay and Australia. In the EU, GM crops have remained uncommon. Appreciable GM maize production in the EU only took place in Spain on an area of nearly 60,000 hectares. In Portugal, Germany, France and the Czech Republic, transgenic crops were primarily grown for small-scale field trials. In 2005, Iran and the Czech Republic were added to the list of countries commercially growing transgenic crops. As of 2006, 38 percent […]
This is Michael’s letter to the various Ministries and to the PM. It was submitted to Amandala Press and The Reporter for publishing. Dear All, The decision to import GM seeds into Belize is folly. At the very least, it’s extremely premature. The Belize Agricultural Health Authority does not have the resources, time, or capacity to do any meaningful monitoring of this environmental release. I find it incredulous that the product was brought in and no risk analysis was conducted. For goodness sake, BAHA does risk analysis for importation of milk powder into this country. It does point to the […]
Here in the Mid-Atlantic, we’re approaching the end of sweet corn season. For at least two or three more weeks we’ll be seeing plenty of corn available at roadside stands, framers markets and most grocery stores. So get it while you can, because it will soon be gone. But be on the safe side, pass on the stuff piled in produce bins at your local store because there’s a very good chance it’s Frankencorn and I’m sorry to report that It’s Alive, ALIVE!
These companies were able to patent life forms (think about just how ridiculous that sounds) such as seeds and plants because of gene modification. A seed patent means the right to exclude anyone from making, using, saving or developing the patented product. If it is a machine, it doesn’t matter; if its is an airplane, it doesn’t matter, because Boeing makes airplane that a local farmer doesn’t know how to make. But in terms of seeds, when a companies like Monsanto has the patent right to it, A FARMER SAVING SEEDS IS TREATED LIKE A THIEF – an intellectual property […]
In the last thirty years global demand for food has doubled. In a race to feed the planet, scientists have discovered how to manipulate DNA, the blueprint of life, and produce what they claim are stronger, more disease-resistant crops. However, fears that Genetically Modified Food may not be safe for humans or the environment has sparked violent protest. Are we participating in a dangerous global nutritional experiment? This informative film helps the viewer decide if the production of genetically modified food is a panacea for world hunger or a global poison.