CANADA - Renaissance BioScience, a global leader in proprietary yeast-based technology solutions has announced a US$1.44 million research and development project in partnership with Mitacs, a research and training organisation. The project, equally funded by the two companies supports the development of next-generation, systematic tools and methods for expanding, screening and selecting biodiversity in non-GMO…
USA - The U.S. federal executive department, USDA has ruled that the use of carrageenan as an emulsifier in organic foods like ice cream and high protein drinks is acceptable despite recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB), its advisory arm to withdraw the approval. Carrageenan is used in high-protein beverages to keep the…
SOUTH AFRICA – SA’s maize crop, scorched this season by a blistering drought, would be in far worse shape if it were not for the country’s embrace of genetically modified (GM) varieties and new farm technologies, an industry group said on Tuesday.
ZAMBIA – The National Bio-safety Authority (NBA) has granted Shoprite permission to start importing foodstuff that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
KENYA – Kenya has made an important stride on the path that could eventually enable farmers to access GMO technology by providing “conditional approval for the environmental release” of Bt maize.
TANZANIA – Local consumers will have the last say on whether the government should endorse or repel genetically engineered food from becoming part of the country’s food chain.
AFRICA – Unduly restrictive regulations and trade barriers that limit the use of GMOs in many countries will cost developing nations as much as US$1.5 trillion by 2050 if they are not stopped, according to a new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
NIGERIA – The Federal Government has tasked the country’s scientists and researchers to domesticate its biotechnology practice to prevent Nigeria from becoming a dumping ground for foreign Genetically Modified Organisms GMOs) or products.
NAMIBIA – Namib Mills has reacted swiftly to restore its company’s image and to dismiss any consumer concerns amid allegations that its leading maize brand, Top Score, contains a high percentage of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
UGANDA – The ruling NRM party has whipped its members into line to support the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill that will, among others, give way to the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).