Nigeria approves first GM crop for open cultivation

NIGERIA– The Nigerian government has approved its first genetically modified (GM) crop, the pod borer resistant cowpea for cultivation by farmers, reports Premium Times. The cowpea cultivar isgenetically modified to resist the pest - Maruca Vitrata- was developed by Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The National Biosafety Management Agency…

Kerry launches non-GMO yeast that can reduce acrylamide levels by 90%

IRELAND – Kerry has launched a non-GMO yeast solution which it says has the ability to reduce acrylamide levels in various food and beverage applications by 90%. The yeast, which is also a clean-label solution is called Acryleast, and has been developed and introduced by Kerry in partnership with Renaissance BioScience, a developer of proprietary…

Researchers seek go-ahead for ‘high iron’ GM wheat field trials

UK – Researchers at John Innes Centre, an independent plant and microbial research institution have applied to the United Kingdom regulatory authorities for the approval to begin field trials of genetically modified wheat starting April. Research carried out at the research center seeks to introduce a wheat variety in which more iron is directed into…

Innscor, others receive permit to import GMO products in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Fast moving consumer goods distributor, Innscor Africa, Cold Chain and Horizon have received new permits to import products that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Zambia. A Lusaka Times report indicates that the three distributors were among twelve retailers who were granted the new permit by National Biosafety Authority (NBA). According to NBA…

Tanzania bans genetically modified trials and destroys research evidence

TANZANIA -The Tanzanian government has imposed a ban on all the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) trials being carried out in the country and has ordered destruction of research evidence. According to the Citizen, the ban was imposed through a statement made by the ministry of agriculture in the country. The move was necessitated and motivated…

U.S. seeks to push African countries to adopt GM crops

AFRICA - The United States is seeking African governments’ approval of genetically engineered (GMO) products given various restrictions on GMO imports in various African countries. TheEastAfrican has reported that a Trump administration official is visiting Africa to promote acceptance of the engineered crops as a way to meet the continent’s food needs while also fostering…

Nigeria Federal Court strikes out suit filed against GM crops permit issuance

NIGERIA - The Federal High Court in Abuja struck out a suit filed against the issuance of permits and subsequent release of Genetically Modified (GM) crops including BT cotton in the country. According Premium Times, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the court was compelled to strike out the suit because it appeared statute barred, though…

Spain, USA and UK researchers successfully create GM rice with HIV-neutralizing proteins

WORLD - An international team of researchers from Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom has successfully created a strain of genetically modified (GM) rice that will produce HIV-neutralizing proteins. According to Crop Biotech, the scientists have been developing possible treatments for people infected with HIV. Their efforts to produce a vaccine against the…

Nigeria reports biotech cotton varieties allowing farmers access to biotech cotton seeds

NIGERIA – Nigeria has recorded a major breakthrough in crop biotechnology following official approval and registration of two Bt cotton varieties, allowing the farmers to access biotech cotton seeds. According to Crop Biotech, the registered Bt cotton varieties were MRC 7377 BGII and MRC 7361 BGII, and were approved by the National Committee on Naming, Registration…

Bunge Loders Croklaan to launch non-GMO sunflower lecithin solution

USA - Bunge Loders Croklaan, the global business-to-business plant-based oils and fats business of Bunge, will debut BungeMaxx sunflower lecithin, a Non-GMO Project Verified ingredient with a range of benefits for food and beverages, including emulsification, crystallization control, and more. BungeMaxx sunflower lecithin is Non-GMO Project Verified, plant-based, and does not require labeling as an…