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Egyptian proponents of biotech agriculture discuss merits of genetically modified crops

Egyptian proponents of biotech agriculture discuss merits of genetically modified crops | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A conference discussing the merits of genetically modified crops took place Sunday at Cairo University’s Faculty of Agriculture.

Organized in cooperation with the Egyptian Biotechnology Information Center, the four-hour talk came two weeks after Greenpeace Arab World pointed to inconsistencies in a report promoting the use of agricultural biotechnology.

The report ranked Egypt third in Africa in terms of the use of genetically modified crops.

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, funded by multinational biotechnology companies Monsanto and Bayer AG, as well as US government agencies USAID and the US Department of Agriculture, reported in early March that 1,000 hectares of genetically modified maize was being grown on Egyptian soil.

This contradicted an Agriculture Ministry statement last year that said it had seized and destroyed the latest shipment of 40 tons of genetically modified maize entering Egypt in January last year because it had not been approved by authorities.

The genetically modified maize is a Monsanto product called MON810 engineered to secrete its own insecticide. Ninety-five percent of all genetically modified crops planted worldwide since the mid-1990s have been engineered by Monsanto. The most common crops are canola, corn, soybeans and cotton.

At Sunday’s conference, dozens of students, professors and academics with agricultural and zoological backgrounds convened to discuss the global status of commercialized biotechnology, genetically modified crops’ latest applications and biosafety regulations as well as intellectual property rights in Egypt.

 

Louise SarantRana Khaled / Egypt independentMore : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/egyptian-proponents-biotech-agriculture-discuss-merits-genetically-modified-crops?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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Biotechnology Report: 1000 hectares of genetically modified maize grows in Egypt

Biotechnology Report: 1000 hectares of genetically modified maize grows in Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

An international organization that promotes the use of agricultural biotechnology ranked Egypt third in terms of the commercialization of genetically modified crops in Africa, in its 2012 annual report on the use of biotech crops worldwide.

 

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) — funded by multinational biotechnology companies Monsanto and Bayer AG, as well as US government agencies USAID and the US Department of Agriculture — found that South Africa was the biggest biotechnology enthusiast on the continent, with 2.9 million planted hectares of genetically modified maize, soybeans and cotton, followed by Burkina Faso, Egypt and Sudan.

The ranking may worry some in Egypt, as controversy remains over the health and economic implications of genetically modified crops.

Although the Egyptian Agriculture Ministry made public its decision to destroy a 40-ton shipment of Monsanto’s insect-resistant MON810 maize after it entered the country in January last year, the ISAAA reports that 1,000 hectares of the crop were actually planted. Monsanto is a US-based multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation.

 

Osama El-Tayeb is a microbiology and immunology professor at the 6th of October University Faculty of Pharmacy and an adviser on biosafety issues. He says the shipment was imported without the formal approval of the Ministry of Environment, the ministry in charge of approving genetically-modified organisms’ import into the country.

 

More on: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/biotechnology-report-1000-hectares-genetically-modified-maize-grows-egypt

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Seedy 40 Ton GMO Shipment in Egypt Shrouded in Mystery

Seedy 40 Ton GMO Shipment in Egypt Shrouded in Mystery | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A new report published by a non-for-profit organization that promotes crop biotechnology has cast doubt on the status of a 40 ton shipment of genetically modified Monsanto maize that entered Egypt last year, local paper Egypt Independent recently reported.

Hot on the trail of GMOs in the food-scarce country, journalist Louise Sarant talked with activists and bio-safety insiders who expressed concern about discrepancies between The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)’s assertion that 1000 hectares of MON810 maize was planted in Egypt and the Ministry of Agriculture’s claims that the entire shipment of insect-resistant seeds was destroyed. (Green prophet)

 

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