So-Called “Benefits” of GE Seeds in South Africa Called into Question

Last Friday, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) addressed the media in Pretoria, South Africa to report that over the past year, GE crops were widely beneficial in South Africa. However, the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has impugned the ISAAA’s claims, and points out that GM crops have done nothing to bring about food security or curtail the escalating costs of food in South Africa. Mariam Mayet, Director of the ACB, notes “the beneficiaries of GM crops remain the multinational biotechnology companies themselves.”


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