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Keep toxic GM maize out of South Africa!

Support Africa Centre for Biodiversity in keeping corporations and their chemicals out of South Africa's food supply.

It is becoming extremely urgent that we take strong action and intervene to force government to review GMO decision-making in South Africa, by signing the petition: http://www.acbio.org.za/activist/index.php?m=u&f=dsp&petitionID=4

In May 2012 the South African GMO regulators (the Executive Council) approved Dow’s 2,4-D tolerant GM maize, dubbed ‘Agent Orange’ maize, for import into South Africa. In the ensuing public outcry, the ACB submitted a petition to Parliament, signed by over 7,000 individuals including many of you, and 18 health professionals, calling for a reversal of the decision, and a complete review of the GMO decision-making process in South Africa. Though the petition was submitted to the Parliament more than a year ago, we are still in the dark as to its status. Meanwhile, Dow continues to apply for import approval for its 2,4-D tolerant GM maize, most recently in July 2013, for a GM maize variety engineered to tolerate toxic combinations of 2,4-D, glufosinate and glyphosate.

The Indian Supreme Court has recommended an indefinite moratorium on field trials of GM crops until the Indian government fixes regulatory and safety measures. Italy is moving to ban Monsanto and all GM crops. Monsanto is losing its hold in Europe... And NOW it is our turn in South Africa to put an end to this.

Article first published 29/07/13



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