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Bt Brinjal - Safer, Better & Affordable

The video captures the diverse views of experts, farmers and consumers on Bt brinjal in India, going through myths of science, safety, regulation and economics of Bt brinjal for the Indian society.

Helping farmers adapt to climate change

Climate change will entail more weather extremes, and strongly affect many farmers across the globe. Drought-tolerant crop varieties derived from modern breeding programmes are becoming more and more widely available in countries where farmers are allowed to grow them.

Impact of EU policies on GMOs on African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries

In a video interview for CTA Brussels, Nathalie Moll, Secretary General of EuropaBio, explained the differences in synchronization between the adoption rate of GM crops in Europe and at the global scale, and the impact this has on developing countries in the ACP group.

Campaign against Greenpeace

Greenpeace’s opposition to genetically modified “golden rice” could cost lives, says Patrick Moore, former member and co-founder of Greenpeace.

The Socio-Economic Impacts of Currently Commercialised Genetically Engineered Crops

This review summarises the results of the literature on the broader set of socio-economic impacts of genitically engineered crops.

UK House of Lords Urges African Leaders to invest in Agriculture

African leaders have been urged to help development the agricultural sector in Africa by rewarding research efforts made in the sector.

Africa's agricultural potential

700 million hectares is available for cultivation in Africa.

Food security in a world of natural resource scarcity

The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Climate change, population, and income growth will drive food demand in the coming decades.

GM Crops: EU Policies on Trade and Development

The EU is the world’s biggest importer of agricultural commodities, many of which are based on GM crops. Despite its dependency, the EU is putting up “regulatory barriers” for import, which have already resulted in trade disruptions and higher prices.

World Food Prize and GM crops: A Ghanaian view

Adelaide Arthur from Ghana, Joy News reports on the World Food Prize and the state of GM crops in Africa.

Bill Gates tackles controversy over genetically-modified crops at UC Berkeley

Bill Gates tackles the controversial subject of GMOs, answering to critics and showing what are the priciples of genetically modified crops and how they impact farmers and conumers.

Arthur Anesu Nyamukapa, Tourism and investment, Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe

There are big debates over GM crops in Zimbabwe. Arthur Anesu Nyamukapa acknowledges that this is partially caused by the lack of information about GM food. There is a strong need to show the larger public what are the benefits of using GM technology.

Bhagirath Choudhary, Director ISAAA South Asia Center: The Benefits of bt Cotton in India

Bt cotton has been a phenomenal experience in India for 12 years. Bhagirath Choudhary explains the benefits of this technology for local farmers and its contribution to national economy.

Dr Margaret Karembu: The state of play for GM crops in Africa

Dr Margaret Karembu, Director, ISAAA AfriCenter, discusses the growth of GM crops in Africa and why cotton in particular is a promising crop based on Burkina Faso’s experience. She also discusses the importance of making agriculture attractive to young people.

Biotech Zapping on Food Security

Agricultural biotechnology is the fastest adopted crop technology in the history of agriculture. GM crops are grown by more than 17 million farmers around the world, 90% of them being smallholder farmers in developing countries, on 170.3 million hectares of land.

Prof. Jonathan Gressel, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)

GM crops can bring huge benefits to African countries. Prof. Jonathan Gressel explains why Africa could be a big market for GM crops.

Prof. Marc Van Montagu, 2013 World Food Prize laureate

The level of research in Europe is still outstanding, but with not enough support from governments. Prof Marc Van Montagu emphasises the need to encourage this sector and help future generations have access to information and also contribute to this fascinating area of research.

Chavali K. Rao, Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness & Education

India is the second largest exporter of cotton, mostly GM. Chavali Kameswara Rao asks for Europe’s support to progress faster and to disperse unfounded fears surrounding the technology.

Prof. Diran Makinde, African Biosafety Network of Expertise

Not many African countries have a good regulatory framework, but even those who have, face challenges in dealing with this technology. Prof. Makinde explains the difficulties African regulators face and the potential of this technology for the continent.

Marc Van Montagu World Food Prize Laureate 2013

The World Food Prize gives the award annually to one or more people whose work has been of exceptional social importance for the quality, quantity or availability of food. This is the first time that a Belgian has won this prestigious award. Find more here.

Reply to GMO Concerns

Normal Borlaug is an agricultural scientist and the father of the Green Revolution, directly responsible for saving over a billion lives from starvation in the third world through the spread and advance of genetically modified crops and technology.

Do multinational companies impede GM crop progress in Africa?

by Adelaide Arthur, Joy News (Ghana) and B4FA Media Fellow - In Part 2 of our interview with Dr Margaret Karembu of the ISAAA AfriCenter, she addresses the question of whether multinational companies impede African progress vis-a-vis GM crops.

Play it Hard - Norman Borlaug 100 Year Tribute

The International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) and Biology Fortified have produced a special video tribute to the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, a legendary CIMMYT scientist who developed high-yielding, ...

Feeding the World with Agricultural Biotechnology

For ag-biotech opponents, unfortunately it’s easier to spread fear over the safety of consuming GM food rather than attempt to present sound, scientific reasoning. And the reason is clear: They have no case to make, because GM food is safe to grow and eat. 

Genetic Tinkering can be a Lifesaver

The London Free Press - The man widely credited with helping start the movement against genetically modified foods, only to become the planet's most vocal GM food proponent, says it may be the best hope for a world struggling to feed itself.

Golden Rice: A Long-Running Story at the Watershed of the GM Debate

Dubock A, Executive Secretary of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board, and Golden Rice Project Manager (2013), published in B4FA (Bioscences for Farming in Africa).

Virus Resistant Papaya in Hawaii

In Hawaii, the genetically modified papaya has been cultivated since 1998 to deal with the papaya ringspot virus. Its adoption rescued the Hawaiian papaya industry and inspired many other countries to look for a similar solution to deal with plant viruses.

Transforming Biotech Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines

Of the developing countries in Asia that grow GM crops, China, India and the Philippines have had the most extensive experience. They represent an unmatched wealth of experience of resource-poor farmers that can provide critical information.

The Challenge of Studying 'Risk' in Empirical Research

This article describes the challenges of a recent study that looked at how different actors, ranging from smallholder farmers to international biotechnology development projects, weigh up the risks associated with the uncertain future of maize agriculture in Kenya.

EASAC: Planting the Future

Agriculture faces major challenges to deliver food security at a time of increasing pressures. The new EU legislation requiring farmers to reduce reliance on crop protection chemicals creates additional challenges for maintaining levels of crop productivity.

GM Science Update: A Report to the UK Council for Science and Technology

This paper considers the recent developments in the science of GM crops since the Royal Society published its report ‘Reaping the Benefits – Sustainable Intensification of Global Agriculture’ in 2009.

Ten Lessons from Biotechnology Experiences in Crops, Livestock, and Fish for Smallholders in Developing Countries

FAO recently commissioned a unique series of 19 case studies where agricultural biotechnologies were used to serve the needs of smallholders in developing countries.

Biotech Crop Countries 1996-2012

This video summarizes the countries that adopted biotech crops since its first commercialization in 1996 to 2012.

Highlights of the 2013 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops Report

A record 175.2 million hectares of biotech crops were grown globally in 2013. 2013 was the 18th year of commercialization. More on http://www.isaaa.org

10 Reasons we Need Biotech Foods and Crops

Biotechnology has helped farmers grow 311.8 million tons more food in the last 15 years.

Our Food and Agriculture in Numbers

This infographic shows all the numbers collected by FAO in regards to the state of food and agriculture in the world.

Adoption of GM Crops in South Africa: Effects on Wholesale Maize Prices

Based on food security needs and the central role of agriculture, Africa may stand to benefit from green biotechnology. The primary objective of this paper is to evaluate the impact of GM maize adoption in South Africa by looking at wholesale spot prices.

An Alert Farmer is an Affluent Farmer

Bt cotton technology attracting younger farmers to farming in India.

On Trial: Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa

Increasing agricultural productivity and adapting farming to climate change are central to Africa’s development prospects. 

Taking Root: Global Trends in Agricultural Biotechnology

This paper argues that emerging trends of transgenic crops show significant societal benefits through positive economic impact (especially by raising farm incomes), fostering food security, and promoting environment sustainability.

Les OGM sont-ils justifiés pour lutter contre la faim ?

Are GMOs justified to tackle hunger?

Australian scientists have genetically modified a banana to defeat the vitamin A deficiency widespread in Africa. Even though the field trials sound promising, the project is already denounced by anti-GMO activists. Listen to the debate (in French).

Enough: The Fight for a Food-Secure Tomorrow

Not one person has suffered negative effects from innovations like GMOs, yet 25,000 people die every day from malnutrition. We need to focus on solutions instead of arguing “what-if” scenarios that have no scientific basis.