GM Crops and the Global Divide – Jennifer Thomson

The Conversation

GM Crops: the West versus the Rest

GM crops have been on sale in the USA since 1996 and in many other countries for a considerable number of years. Since then, there hasn’t been a single proven case of ill health due to their consumption, either by humans or animals. Why, therefore, is it that so many countries in the West, particularly those in the European Union, but also in the Nordic countries and some parts of the USA are so anti GM crops?


Adding to this seeming conundrum is the fact
that almost every major scientific association
world-wide has come to the conclusion that GM
crops are as safe for human and animal
consumption as conventional ones – and this includes organic crops. Examples of these associations include the Royal Society of London,
 the French Academy of Medicine,  and the Academy of Science of the United States. 

This makes scientists like me, living in South Africa where GM crops have been growing commercially since 1997/8, wonder why this evidence did not put a stop to the GMO controversy long ago?

Webinar: Building back better

Building back better: How can public food and agricultural research institutions be strengthened and rebuilt after the COVID-19 pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges and new opportunities for publicly funded food and agricultural research in the global South. Spillovers from government and industry research and investment to fight COVID-19 may benefit agricultural research. In view of these opportunities and growing demand, national agricultural research systems—and their funders—may need to rethink research priorities. The future will require a more systemic view of food systems, one that links agriculture, nutrition, and health to prevent future pandemics.

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Wally Huffman passed away

We are saddened by the death of Wally Huffman. He was an important part of the ICABR family since its beginning. His papers and presentations contributed to our understanding of the impact of agricultural technology on farmers and consumers and how consumer attitudes towards technology are formed. His questions and comments improved our discussions and research. He helped in the planning of our conferences. He will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family.