Autumn 2008

“SA the gateway for GMOs to Africa”

A group of seed savers, farmers, CSOs and NGOs, representing 40 organisations from 18 countries across four continents are worried that South Africa is acting as the gateway for unwelcome GMOs to the rest of Africa and that nobody is stopping them.

11 February 2009

Their concern follows a ruling in the Pretoria High Court last year in a case between the local environmental watchdog Biowatch and the multinational giant Monsanto.

For Biowatch – an NGO established in 1997 in response to the ‘secretive and opaque manner’ in which the government had introduced genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to South Africa – it was a pyrrhic victory, with it being granted limited access to some of the information it wanted while being made to pay the multinational company’s legal costs.

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