Interesting thoughts on how GM crops could benefit Africa, with suggested actions including involving local people in decision making, public sector investment in GM rice and other crops which aren’t of interest to companies, and sharing results of regulatory tests between countries.
“Popular opinion masqueraded convincingly as science, and the science itself was hard to grasp. People who spoke as experts lacked credentials, and G.M.O. critics discounted those with credentials as being pawns of biotechnology companies.” A Hawaiian man goes on a similar journey of seeking the truth to mine.
Paterson’s been speaking up in favour of GM again. As always, saying some sensible things but in a tone which I really struggle with – campaign against the luddites rather than stating evidence and acknowledging reasonable concerns and how we can deal with them.
Tasmania is the only Australian state to have to a blanket ban on genetically modified organisms, but the Government will keep exemptions for scientific trials and has not ruled out lifting the ban in the future.
Agricultural scientists in Bangalore demand measures to lift the moratorium on field tests for genetically modified crops in the interests of farmers and for the food security of the country.
Activists filed a legal appeal against Monsanto’s GMO seed plant.
This isn’t GM, but an example of what’s being done with conventional techniques.
Interesting piece from Forbes which I plan to revisit with more time.
I went to the press briefing on this – it was fascinating and will lead to multiple blog posts