A false report has been circulating the internet that Nigeria has released GM rice to the market. There is presently no GM rice even available for consumption world-wide, although there is research being done with several varieties. The report is false, according to the Nigerian government, and was likely crafted to cause panic.
In a turnabout decision, Kenya’s NEMA (National Environmental Management Authority) has ruled out immediate trials for GMOs, now requiring the Agriculture ministry to revisit policy. The agency had approved field trials to begin but now says that researchers need to wait for the ministry to approve it. If that happens, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) will begin trials that will likely take up to two years, after which seed multiplication and supply will happen.
The platform for Green party candidate Jill Stein contains what the media is calling ‘anti-science’ items, including a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides (until they can be proven safe). Stein, a retired medical doctor, has been very involved with the issue of toxicity in children. She is anti-big-business. She has a mistrust of big agri-business, including Monsanto. It will be interesting to see if she can elevate the GMO moratorium to a National debate. See this article by CNN’s Eli Watkins.
In a follow-up to last week’s news concerning South Korea and Japan and GMO wheat, South Korea has found no GMOs in the recent shipment. There is still no clear answer where the rogue wheat came from in Washington state. South Korea is the US’s 5th largest importer of wheat. They will continue to test incoming crops for GMOs and reject any shipments found to contain GMOs. Read the story by Reuter’s Karl Plume in Chicago.
After this week’s revelation about GE wheat found in Washington state, Japan and South Korea have made a move to ban imports of western white wheat from the U.S.. The ban will stay in place until appropriate testing can be put in place. Similar bans have happened in the past with the Oregon and Montana incidences. Japan has also decided to hold back on distributing and wheat stores in stock until they can be tested. They have not banned all wheat imports, just the ones from the Pacific Northwest. Read the complete story on Reuters.