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South Africa snubs GM potatoes

There will be no genetically modified (GM) potatoes grown commercially in South Africa, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana has ruled, ending a 12-year battle to get GM spuds on the shelves. Zokwana said the reasons were that GM potatoes, engineered to produce a toxin that kills the potato tuber moth, would not yield any advantage in terms of managing pests, while it would place a burden on potato farmers, particularly small-scale producers, who would be obliged to keep these potatoes separate from conventional potatoes. More

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