Reactions mixed on commodity release for so-called “Agent Orange Maize”

Responses have been mixed to the news that the South African government has given commodity clearance allowing the import of maize grain from a newly developed herbicide-tolerant genetically modified maize variety.

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From now on SA will be allowed to import the grain of the maize variety, DAS-40278-9, developed by Dow AgroSciences (Dow), that is tolerant to the herbicide, 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). This grain will be allowed for use as food and feed in SA.