US force feeds GM crops to African nations, says new report

OHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 23 February, 2015 – US agencies, funders such as the Gates Foundation, and agribusiness giant Monsanto are trying to force unwilling African nations to accept expensive and insufficiently tested Genetically Modified (GM) foods and crops, according to a new report released today. [1]

“The US, the world’s top producer of GM crops, is seeking new markets for American GM crops in Africa. The US administration’s strategy consists of assisting African nations to produce biosafety laws that promote agribusiness interests instead of protecting Africans from the potential threats of GM crops,” said Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety, which authored the report commissioned by Friends of the Earth International.

The new report also exposes how agribusiness giant Monsanto influences biosafety legislation in African countries, gains regulatory approval for its product, and clears the path for products such as GM maize (corn).


Wild Harvest Lunchernoon Sun 30th Nov

Join us for the last and biggest Fair Food Adelaide event for 2014!

A gourmet long table lunch will be served by talented guest chef Kamilah Kadir who will be cooking up a delectable three course feast, over a lazy Sunday afternoon in Glen Osmond at the beautiful Silver Mind house.

All of the high-quality ingredients are either locally-sourced from organic farms or wild foraged. The delicious menu will be revealed next week!

You will be provided with the address and directions once you’ve ordered your ticket.

And we are offering tickets with a twist: guests who cycle to the event will be offered a special cyclist price. A cycle map will be provided.

Price includes wine with a three course meal. Limited tickets available.


Cyclist: $90

Early Bird: $102

(Ends Friday November 16 or until allocation i is exhausted)

Full Price: $112

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Why a GM-free SA? Facts and fairness forum

Sunday 30 March, 2014

Doors open 6.00PM, Talks start 6.30PM

Venue: The Market Shed 1 Holland St, Adelaide


What’s on your plate? Are you eating Genetically Modified Food?

Local and international experts will present information on the global issue of Genetically Modified

Food – what it is, how it affects the environment and agriculture, and its impact on our health and

wellbeing. With personal video presentations sent for SA from:

International experts:

Dr Vandana Shiva, world-renowned Indian scientist, author of more than 20 books, advocate for agro-ecology and GM-free farming systems, and board member of the International Forum on Globalization.

Jeffrey Smith, pre-eminent US communicator on the dangers of GM crops and foods, and GM-free advocate. Author of ‘Seeds of Deception’ and ‘Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods’. Founder and Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Local Guest Speaker:

Jim Mitchell, SA Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN) Jim has 35 years experience and active involvement with environmental and health matters. His presentation is: GM Myths and Truths.

Evening format:

1 hr of videos, ½ hr break, then local speaker gives 25 min talk and a Q& A. Finish: by 9.00PM.

We recommend an early dinner or bring along a sandwich. The evening is informal.

Q & A Feel free to bring your questions for the Q&A at the end.

Tea, coffee, cake available for sale – from 6.00PM and during the break

Seating is limited, so please BYO folding chair, in case.

Donations are welcome and will help spread the message.

Co-presented by Food Matters Onkaparinga, SA Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN), Green Light Network and the Regional Food Industry Association.

Co-presented by Food Matters Onkaparinga, SA Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN), Green Light Network and the Regional Food Industry Association.

Note: this event is a replacement for the cancelled UniSA event scheduled for March 5th with the Hawke Centre.… Read more >>