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South African Government Says No To Genetically Modified Potatoes

October 20, 2009: 03:01 AM EST
An application by a South African group to supply genetically modified potatoes to farmers was rejected by the government. The Agricultural Research Council’s SpuntaG2 potato is engineered with a gene from a bacteria that kills a common crop-damaging pest known as the tuber moth. Restaurants and food retailers were opposed to the GM potatoes because they fear negative consumer reaction. Some opposed to the application said tuber moths were not as bad a problem for farmers as the lack of water and fertilizer, while others said it is still not known whether genetically modified foods are safe for human consumption.
Tamar Kahn, "Government rejects ‘super spuds’", Business Day, October 20, 2009, © BDFM Publishers (Pty) Ltd.
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