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Response to issues on GM agriculture in Africa: Are transgenic crops safe?

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Research Notes, October 2011
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Title
Response to issues on GM agriculture in Africa: Are transgenic crops safe?
Published in
BMC Research Notes, October 2011
DOI 10.1186/1756-0500-4-388
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Authors

Ademola A Adenle

Abstract

The controversies surrounding transgenic crops, often called Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), call for a need to raise the level of public awareness of Genetic Modification (GM) technology in Africa. This should be accomplished by educating the public about the potential benefits and risks that may be associated with this new technology. In the last 15 years, GM crop producing countries have benefited from adoption of this new technology in the form of improved crop productivity, food security, and quality of life. The increased income to resource-poor farmers is a key benefit at the individual level especially as most countries using this technology are in the developing world, including three African countries (South Africa, Burkina Faso and Egypt). Despite clear benefits to countries and farmers who grow GMOs, many people are concerned about suspected potential risks associated with GMOs. This sparks debate as to whether GM technology should be adopted or not. Given the concerns regarding the safety of GMO products, thorough scientific investigation of safe application of GMOs is required. The objective of this paper is to respond to the issues of GM agriculture in Africa and some of the issues surrounding the adoption of GM crops between developed and developing countries. In this article, I analyse relevant papers relating to the adoption of GM technology particularly in developing countries including the few African countries that have adopted GM crops. The issues discussed span a wide range including: safety; potential benefits and risks; disputes between the United States of America (USA) and the European Union (EU) over adoption of GM crops with a focus on Africa continent. This article is concluded by summarising the issues raised and how GM technology can be adopted for agricultural development in Africa.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Vietnam 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 141 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 32 22%
Student > Master 27 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 13%
Researcher 18 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 5%
Other 22 15%
Unknown 20 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 66 46%
Engineering 9 6%
Environmental Science 9 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 6%
Social Sciences 7 5%
Other 25 17%
Unknown 21 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 8. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 June 2018.
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