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PrintJohannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Oakland US—19 March2013—Civil society groups from South Africa, Latin America-
especially Brazil, Argentina- and the United States are deeply disturbed by the recent decision by the South African GMO authorities
to grant approval for the import into South Africa, of Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) soybean variety (DAS-44406-6). This
variety is genetically engineered to resist liberal applications of the toxic chemicals 2,4-D, glufosinate and glyphosate. Such an
approval is calculated to add weight to Dow’s applications for approvals of this GE variety for commercial growing especially in
Brazil, Argentina, and the US.

“We condemn the decision by the South African authorities. Once
again, economic interests are riding roughshod over our government’s
stewardship role to protect the health of our citizens and
environment. The decision to approve this GE soybean variety is all
the more galling in light of a current motion by the African Christian
Democratic Party before the South African Parliament, to overturn a
previous decision to allow imports of Dow’s 2,4-D tolerant GE maize
into South Africa.” said Mariam Mayet of the African Centre for
Biosafety. This GM maize has been dubbed “agent orange” maize by
the media, owing to the use of 2,4 D as an ingredient in the infamous
chemical, Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War to devastating effects.

South Africa is the largest producer of GMO foods on the African continent. Read More

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