GM crops: African opposition is a farce, says group led by Kofi Annan

argylesock says… My series of posts about GM crops (genetically modified crops, also called genetically engineered or GE crops) is pausing just now. But the story continues. Here’s opinion from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) which, as I’ve mentioned, doesn’t agree with the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA).



Mark Tran –,    Thursday 5 September 2013

Concern in Africa over genetically modified crops has been dismissed as fear of the unknown by an environmental group chaired by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general.


A report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), published on Wednesday, describes opposition to GM crops as “a farce”. It points out that such crops have been subjected to more testing worldwide than new non-modified varieties, citing reports from the EU, the World Health Organisation and the US national academy of sciences.


Only four African countriesBurkina Faso, Egypt, Sudan and South Africa – have fully commercialised GM crops. But Agra says most countries across the continent are at various stages of creating the environment for commercialisation.


Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda are conducting field trials of…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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