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Johannesburg, South Africa, 4 October 2019- Minister says no to Monsanto's "drought tolerant" maize seed
Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza has upheld a decision to reject agriculture chemical company Monsanto's application for the commercial cultivation of its triple stacked ‘drought-tolerant’ maize seed. The maize is genetically modified (GM) to be tolerant to drought as well as resistant to certain insects. Didiza made a final decision on an appeal lodged by Monsanto SA against the decision taken by the executive council regarding the general release application of a GM maize event, MON87460 x MON89034 x NK603.Its refusal was based on the fact "that kernel count per row and kernel count per ear showed that there were no statistically significant differences between the MON87460 x MON89034 x NK603 maize event and conventional maize in water limited conditions.
Hannes Lorenzen meet Anders Borgen at the European Cereal Diversity Conference in Kalö near Aarhus in Denmark. For the past 10 years, cereal enthusiasts have met annually in Scandinavia, and four times at European level in the Let’s Liberate Diversity Network.
The members of EC-LLD are the following organizations:
The legal watch is realised by the French Farmers' seeds network,Réseau Semences Paysannes. Informations are related to seeds marketing, intellectual property rights, genetic ressources ...It is presented in French but you can find out English version on internet with the name of the topic