12 Aug

Ex-Greenpeace director denounces ‘immoral’ groups that campaign against GM foods

Environmental groups that campaign against genetically modified food are taking a “morally unacceptable” position that puts “ideology” ahead of the needs of the poor, a former director of Greenpeace has warned. Stephen Tindale, who led the organisation at the height of its opposition to GM technology, said he had “decided to speak out” because he […]Read more

30 Jul

Embrace Biotech to Boost Agric Production — Prof. Alhassan

The Director of Biotechnology and Stewardship for Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa (BSSA), Professor Walter Sandow Alhassan, has called on Ghanaians to embrace the use of biotechnology in agriculture production to ensure increased crop yields to secure the country’s food basket. He said many anti-Genetically Modified Food (GMO) advocates were ignorant about its benefits, adding […]Read more

27 Jul

Philipines Supreme Court Reverses BT Talong Ruling

In a unanimous decision, the Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, reversed its December 2015 ruling, which temporarily stopped the field testing, propagation, commercialization, and importation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country. In the En Banc session, the Supreme Court granted nine Motions for Reconsideration filed by the Bt talong (eggplant) […]Read more

27 Jul

107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs

More than 100 Nobel laureates have signed a letter urging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The letter asks Greenpeace to cease its efforts to block introduction of a genetically engineered strain of rice that supporters say could reduce Vitamin-A deficiencies causing blindness and death in children in the developing world. […]Read more

04 Jun

CSOs Stance and Scientist Support for the Adoption of GMOs

According to the scientists, Ghana must also consider mainstreaming biotechnology into its crop and animal improvement plans to guarantee sustainable food security for the populace. They cautioned that, “If in 10 years time we don’t invest in biotechnology we will face a lot of problems” in terms of food security. Biotechnology is a technological application […]Read more

07 Apr

GM foods not on market

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) says Ghana has not yet introduced Genetically Modified (GM) food onto the market contrary to reports by anti-GM crusaders that the produce were on the market. Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NBA, Eric Okoree, who was reacting to rumours about GM food, said more public sensitization must be […]Read more

03 Sep

Biosafety Authority steps up checks at entry points to stop entry of GM Foods

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has stepped up checks at the country’s entry points to stop the illegal entry of Genetically Modified Foods (GM Food). This follows concerns GM foods are already being imported into the country without approval. Some GM foods produced in America are difficult to identify because they are unlabelled. The Biosafety […]Read more

01 Jul

Ghana’s biosafety law is model for Africa — Dr Wambugu

Ghana’s progress towards setting up robust biotech policy is an excellent model that other African countries can emulate, the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Harvest, Dr Florence Wambugu, has said. She congratulated the country on passing a biosafety law and also setting up a National Biosafety Authority. Dr Wambugu said this at a public engagement […]Read more

30 Jun

Trial of new cotton variety positive in northern Ghana

A scientist at the Yam and Cotton Breeding Programme of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Dr Emmanuel Chamba, has confirmed that Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton trials in the three northern regions of the country have yielded positive results. “What we did was that we had a quarter hectare Bt cotton and a quarter hectare […]Read more

17 Feb

National Biosafety Authority Board of Directors inaugurated

A thirteen-member Board of Directors of the National Biosafety Authority has been inaugurated at a ceremony in Accra. The board is expected to approve the development, transfer, handling and use of GMOs in accordance with the Biosafety Act 2011 (Act 831) and direct the operations of the authority, among others.The authority, which was mandated to […]Read more