You are encouraged to provide written comments in support of or objection to the Application for the General Release of glyphosate resistant genetically modified maize into the South African environment.

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No to the GMO release.
Message to the Pro GMO or for it.

Human race is developing quicker than 30 years ago. If you want to believe this, take a pic of a 4 years old in the 70s or 80s and take one of a 4 year old now. This all relates to climate change and everything else. Now to have processed maize is going to kill younger generation. We are already seeing age 25 - 35 experiencing chronic illnesses that are deemed natural, like heart attacks. Please stop feeding us food that will speed up the fading of human race in south Africa.

I am from North west, put money into helping farmers in the areas that generate crop, wheat and other ingredients that produce maize.

Thank you
No to the GMO release.
Clinically proven to have adverse effects on health. We do not consent to gm foods so don't do it
No to the GMO release.
Rather ban the product and use products that do not cause cancer and other health issues.
Perma-culture, organic farming and companion planting can do the same for communities without causing cancer just to help industrial farming take advantage of everyone.
No to the GMO release.
Most of the gmo experiments that have been tested, specially maize, have been either inconclusive on just did not pass human consumption anyway. If the gmo seed are procured anywhere in America or Europe, than our government is complicit in the genocide of our people, especially the black and poor of this country.
No to the GMO release.
Gmo maize is unconstitutional. The adverse effects on people is equivalent to the genocide. The environmental disaster is irreversible. The people are deprived the right to grow their own maize seeds. Refer to coton farmers in India who committed mass suicides as a results of gmo seed cotton. All countries who respect their people have banned gmo. In SADC we are amongst a few who accept gmo maize.
The people of south Africa were not aware that government has approved gmo maize. There no public debates or health warnings regarding gmo food.


  • Maize is a staple food for majority of South Africans.
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred RSA (Pty) Ltd (DuPont Pioneer) hereby informs the public of its intention to submit applications for the general release of genetically modified maize into the South African environment.
  • Two genetically modified types have been bred to produce a new herbicide and insecticide resistant maize.
    • one is from Dow and resistant to glufosinate-amonium herbicide and insects
    • the other is from Monsanto and resistant to glyphosate (Round UP)
  • The general release application is intended to allow the planting of the new GMO maize in many commercial maize growing regions to use the SA environment as a testing ground to produce GM seeds which will not be commercially available.
  •  this application is to bulk up seed which will be sprayed with glufosinate-amonium herbicide and Monsanto’s glyphosate (Round Up).


  • 702 interview with African Centre for Biodiversity’s Executive Director Mariam Mayet [listen]
call for comment on GMO maize for SA environment


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GMO Maize in South Africa

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