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News archive: April 2009

Monsanto crop fails in Africa

The Times of Zambia has just reported that three types of Monsanto genetically engineered (GE) corn has failed to pollinate affecting 82,000 hectares (202 000 acres) of vital food production land. Corn (maize) is a staple food in Africa and farmers regularly fight drought, but never before have their plants failed to be pollinated.

Such a catastrophic event is unheard of and highlights the dangers that have been forecast by scientists about the risks to food security posed by Genetically Engineered Organisms. GE crops have been aggressively marketed in developing countries including South Africa, and portrayed by agribusiness as the solution to the Worlds’ food security. The reality is the opposite – this year many people will hunger as a direct result of the Monsanto corn failing to pollinate.

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