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Genetic Engineering

Herbicide in your intestines?

Genetically engineered crops may produce herbicide inside our intestines, killing gut bacteria which are essential for our health.

Frankenfood: GM food in South Africa

Genetically modified (GM) crops currently account for 29% of crop production worldwide. South Africa is currently the only country in Africa to grow GM crops commercially.

Study reveals GM threats

When a German court ordered Monsanto to make public a controversial 90-day rat study on June 20, 2005, the data upheld claims by prominent scientists who said that animals fed the GM corn developed extensive health effects in the blood, kidneys and liver and that humans eating the corn might be at risk.

GE forest trees — the ultimate threat?

Genetically modified (GM) forest trees do not attract the same immediate health concerns as GE food crops. But in reality, they pose an even greater threat than GE crops because they impact directly on natural forests that are essential for the survival of our planet.

Reasons for Africa to reject GM

Africa is fast becoming a dumping ground for the GM industry and a laboratory for frustrated scientists. The proponents of GM technology sell a sweet message of GM crops bringing the second green revolution and the answer to African hunger, but a closer look makes it clear that GM crops have no place in African agriculture.

Debt, dependency and dicey economics

South Africa is the only country in Africa growing GE crops commercially. To our knowledge, it is the first place in the world where small-scale farmers have been introduced to GE crops.

Genetically-Modified Food: the very antithesis of Slow Food

All genetically modified (GM) food crops presently grown around the world were devised to consolidate corporate control of the worlds food supply by patenting food, to improve the reach of industrial agriculture, and to increase dependence on corporate inputs.

GM food and crops: what’s happening in South Africa?

An update on the state of GMOs in South Africa.

Genetic Warfare and Heavy Metals

We humans are certainly living at a defining moment in our history. Moreover this critical moment is being shaped by forces not generally foreseen.


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