Opposition to ‘non-commercial’ GMO Maize project

A public notice has been issued on the general release of GMO Maize by Pioneer Hi-Breed RSA (DuPont Pioneer).

Source: Organic Lifestyle Magazine

 
A public notice has been issued on the general release of GMO Maize by Pioneer Hi-Breed RSA (DuPont Pioneer).

Mariam Mayet, Executive Director of the African Center for Biodiversity, explains that the company is requesting a permit to allow them to grow a particular genetically modified seed in South Africa, for the purposes of export or further experimentation.

What they are saying is this is not going to be for commercial growing in South Africa, but what they want is to use South African soil, to produce GM seeds.

— Mariam Mayet, Executive Director of the African Center for Biodiversity
This is a very typical application regarding GMO activities in the country.

— Mariam Mayet, Executive Director of the African Center for Biodiversity
Mayet says they are against this.

We have already raised concerns and said to government you cannot allow these agrochemical companies to use our environement as their testing ground.

— Mariam Mayet, Executive Director of the African Center for Biodiversity
The irony is that they advertise this on the very same day that the US courts gave a judgement against Monsanto – linking the non-Hodgkin lymphoma suffered on the part of the plaintiff to Monsanto’s glyphosate and this particular application is for the bulking up of seed that will be sprayed with Monsanto’s glyphosate.

— Mariam Mayet, Executive Director of the African Center for Biodiversity
The glyphosate will still be sprayed on the seed, it will affect farm workers who are employed in the process of seed production, it will go into our soil, into our water systems… so there are still implications for us.

— Mariam Mayet, Executive Director of the African Center for Biodiversity

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