Posts made in September, 2012

Claims GM causes liver disease rejected

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Claims GM causes liver disease rejected

            September 12, 2012   SCIENTISTS have rejected claims GM wheat may cause a liver disease. The Safe Food Foundation claimed genetically modified wheat, developed by CSIRO, may cause Glycogen Storage Disease IV, which results in enlarged liver, cirrhosis of the liver and failure to thrive. University of Canterbury, NZ, Professor Jack Heinemann and Flinders University Associate Professor Judy Carman yesterday released scientific opinions raising...

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European Court of Justice confirms farmers’ right to cultivate GM crops

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

European Court of Justice confirms farmers’ right to cultivate GM crops

          Brussels, 7 September 2012   On 6 September, the European Court of Justice clarified the legal requirements for the cultivation of genetically-modified (GM) crops in the Member States of the European Union. The Court confirmed that additional national authorization procedures, introduced on top of the existing approval process conducted by the European authorities (European Food Safety Authority) to be unlawful. It also declared that coexistence measures...

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Vitamin A-enriched maize released in Nigeria, seen to benefit health of millions

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Vitamin A-enriched maize released in Nigeria, seen to benefit health of millions

              Two new maize varieties that contain high levels of beta-carotene – the precursor of vitamin A – have been released in Nigeria, offering hope against the menace of vitamin A deficiency plaguing millions in the country. Vitamin A deficiency leads to blindness and, in some cases, even death among vulnerable groups particularly children, pregnant women, and mothers. Beta-carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A when the maize is consumed,...

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Short, Medium and Long-term Studies in Pigs fed GM feed

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Short, Medium and Long-term Studies in Pigs fed GM feed

            Bt maize caused no adverse effects on growth performance following short (31 days), medium-term (110 days) feeding trials. A trans-generational study found that feeding Bt maize to sows during gestation and lactation resulted in offspring with improved lifetime growth performance, even though no differences in the birth weight of piglets was observed. Organ structure and function of pigs fed Bt maize as well those of the offspring at birth from sows...

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Underground solution to starving rice plants

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            Scientists have pinpointed a gene that enables rice plants to produce around 20% more grain by increasing uptake of phosphorus, an important, but limited, plant nutrient. The discovery unlocks the potential to improve the food security of rice farmers with the lowest value phosphorus-deficient land, allowing them to grow more rice to add to global production, and earn more. The gene—called PSTOL1, which stands for phosphorus starvation tolerance—helps...

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