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Tomato hybrid with long shelf life to be available in 12 months, says NABDA


Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa, says within a period of one year, Nigerians should expect high yielding tomato hybrid with long shelf life in the markets. Baskets of tomatoes . Photo credit: Akpa, who gave the assurance in an interview in Abuja on Monday, August 17, 2020, disclosed that the losses incurred by farmers, traders, ...

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How GM crops impact environment – Study

GM bananas

A newly released peer-reviewed paper appears to have drawn attention to environmental challenges associated with genetically-modified (GM) crops, as well as the gaps in scientific knowledge of their effects. GM crops are plants used in agriculture, the DNA of which has been modified using genetic engineering methods. In most cases, the aim is to introduce a new trait to the ...

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GMOs: Campaigners reiterate need for biosafety law overhaul


Activists have once again called on the authorities to review the National Biosafety Management Act 2015 as, according to them, it cannot in its present form protect the interest of Nigerians. The call formed one of the numerous resolutions reached at the close of Stakeholders Workshop on Food Sovereignty and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) held in Abuja on Tuesday, June ...

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Why GMOs are unjust, unsafe, unsustainable, by Bassey


Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at the Stakeholders Workshop on GMOs held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Abuja says that there is no evidence to assure the world of the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) Unjust, unsafe, unsustainable. These are the three key words that can be used to describe food systems based on ...

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GM food and Nigerian promoters

Mariann Bassey Orovwuje

Mariann Bassey-Orovwuje, lawyer and coordinator of the Food Sovereignty Programme of Friends the Earth Nigeria and Africa, as well as Chair of AFSA, in a reaction to a publication, says that the authorities should take a second look at the sector I read with amusement the off-the-wall allegations against the anti- gmo activists in a write up posted on News Express, amongst ...

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GMOs: Why we seek protection of food, environment, by activists


Speaking to media executives in Abuja recently, Nnimmo Bassey (Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation), Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (Convener of Nigerians against GMOs), Mariann Bassey-Orovwuje (Food Sovereignty Programme, Friends of the Earth Nigeria/Africa) and Dr. Ifeyinwa Aniebo (African Health Magazine), jointly demand the protection of food and the environment via the revocation of Monsanto’s GMO permits, as well as the repeal ...

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GMOs: Biosafety is no gamble

Rufus Ebegba

In his welcome remarks at the Lawyers Roundtable on Biosafety held at the Apo Apartments, Abuja on Tuesday, April 25 2017, Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), says that, in the light of the seeming defective NBMA Act, government cannot afford to gamble with the citizen’s biosafety and biosecurity Dead people cannot speak against judicial or ...

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GMOs: Safe food is a human right


In his welcome remarks at a Media Training on Biosafety held in Abuja on Monday, April 24 2017, Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), insists that food sovereignty is the right of peoples to safe and culturally appropriate food produced through methods that are ecologically sound and sustainable Should science not be in the public interest and in ...

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GMOs: What we eat must not eat us


Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF, in his welcome words) at the Media Training on Biosafety (themed: “Promoting Biosafety in Nigeria”) held in Benin City, Edo State on Friday, March 24 2017, laments that the many myths around modern agricultural biotechnology are being peddled regularly by the industry promoting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their team ...

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Monsanto Tribunal: Judges, prosecutors, ambassadors unveiled

Francoise Tulkens

The Monsanto Tribunal, an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, crimes against humanity and ecocide, has unveiled a team of legal practitioners that will handle courts sessions at the Tribunal, scheduled to hold between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. The People’s Assembly, which provides the opportunity for social movements to ...

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