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Giant salmon will be first GM animal available for eating

A salmon that grows at twice the normal rate is set to be the first genetically modified (GM) animal available for human consumption. Usually Atlantic salmon do not grow during the winter and take three years to fully mature. But by implanting genetic material from an eel-like species called ocean pout that grows all year round, US scientists have managed to make the fish grow to full size in 18 months. They hope that the sterile GM salmon can offer an efficient and safe way to breed (...) read

date of on-line publication : 1 July 2010

Groups in Africa, Latin America condemn World Bank biosafety projects

> Libération Afrique (...)

The World Bank is set to secure funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for two projects that will undermine public debate and aggressively drive GM crops into the heart of peasant agriculture. The two projects, one in West Africa and the other in Latin America, will hasten the spread of GM crops into farmer seed systems and even into certain centres of origin.
The projects are clearly being driven by an outside agenda. At their core is a longstanding strategy pursued by the World Bank and the US government to harmonise regulations for GM crops across regions in order to override national processes that are more susceptible to local opposition. The idea is to establish favourable regulations in a few countries whose governments are open to GM crops and then to use these regulations as a model that can be imposed on neighbouring countries by way of regional policy bodies. In this way, harmonisation side-steps any possible democratic debate and provides corporations with a large, one-stop shop for their GM crops.  read

date of on-line publication : 5 July 2006


Africa’s GM Dilemma

> July 2005, The Globalist (...)

"As Africa continues to struggle with civic wars, poverty - and AIDS - hunger remains the continent’s most critical problem. Promoters of genetic engineering believe that genetically modified organisms are the answer that will eradicate starvation. The other side questions the safety and nutritious value of GM foods, as well as its bend toward dependency. Amadou Kanoute, Africa Regional Director for Consumers International, offers his perspective." The article also continues with what Kanoute believes are the principale causes for hunger in Africa.
article originally appeared in The Nation  read

date of on-line publication : 1 December 2005

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