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`Incredible’ GMO banana with edible skin

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Fruit farmers in Okayama, Japan, have managed to make peeling a banana optional by developing a special variety with edible skin. The peel of their “Mongee Banana” is not particularly tasty, but it is considerably thinner and far less bitter than that of regular …

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Uganda’s GMO bill to be retabled

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The deputy speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah has directed the Minister of Science and Technology Elioda Tumwesigye to retable the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012 which President Yoweri Museveni declined to sign into law. The bill which seeks to provide a regulatory …

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THIS WEEK: Impasse over GMO Bill

THIS WEEK: Impasse over GMO Bill Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The nation’s scientists are embroiled in arguments for and against the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012 commonly known as the GMO Bill. Last month, President Museveni rejected the bill and wrote a letter to the Speaker saying …

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COMMENT: GMO technology in Uganda

Not about profits and interests of multinational companies COMMENT | MICHAEL J SSALI | The recent article in The Independent magazine (October 31 2017) titled “Tears and Cheers over New GMO Law” left me, as a farmer and a science journalist, disappointed. It carried negative and misleading sentiments about agricultural biotechnology. …

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Sale of genetically modified salmon in Canada alarms environmentalists

Montreal, Canada | AFP |Environmentalists charged Monday that genetically modified salmon are being marketed in Canada without warning labels and called on supermarkets to withdraw them from sale. “The first genetically modified animals have arrived in the market and Canadian consumers are becoming, unwittingly, the first guinea pigs,” said Thibault …

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Uganda Govt insists GMO bill has to be passed

Kampala, Uganda | Isaac Khisa| The Uganda government says it is determined to ensure that the Biotech Bill is passed into law to facilitate safe development and application of biotechnology in the country. The National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012, is now before parliament for debate amidst protest from the opponents of the …

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Jury awards $218 mn to farmers in Syngenta GMO corn lawsuit

Chicago, United States | AFP |  A US federal jury on Friday ordered Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta to pay nearly $218 million to 7,000 Kansas farmers after selling them genetically-modified corn seeds not approved for export to China. The farmers suffered profound economic damage in 2013 when Chinese authorities refused …

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