Welcome to MABIC

The Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building public understanding of biotechnology. In the past one decade, with its various outreach programmes and a broad spectrum of target audience, MABIC has positioned itself as the sole biotechnology communicator in Malaysia. MABIC organizes a variety of activities targeted at specific stakeholders in and around Malaysia to promote mutual understanding, engage the masses and inspire the next generation to embrace the potential of biotechnology. Its strong linkages and collaboration with universities and government agencies serves as MABIC’s key strength in successfully creating public understanding of biotechnology.

It is recent flagship project, the Petri Dish is Malaysia’s first science newspaper to further promote science & technology among stakeholders from all walks of life.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson says ‘chill out’ to activists: GMOs perfectly safe

An old video of Neil deGrasse Tyson defending GMO foods has recently been highlighted in an article from Mother Jones. The beloved Cosmos host emphatically says that there is nothing unnatural about GMO foods because humans “have systematically genetically modified all the foods, the vegetables and animals, that we have eaten ever since we cultivated them.” Responses to the video have appeared on the web, from the Washington Examiner noting that Tyson’s pro-GMO stance “may come as a bit of a heartbreak to greenies on the far left,” to Vox describing Tyson as having broken down “one of the silliest anti-GMO arguments.”

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Mark Lynas' Interview with Bt Brinjal Farmers in Bangladesh

While the farmers in Bangladesh are seeing progress after adopting Bt brinjal, the anti-biotech groups are hard at work to discredit the benefits of this crop. As usual they are spreading lies and it is clear they are not checking with the farmers on the facts. A typical “We speak FOR the farmers and not TO the farmers” strategy. Watch this video

 
Global Status of GM Crops 46-2013: Press Release

Eighteen Million Farmers in 27 Countries Chose Biotech Crops in 2013, Global Plantings Increase by 5 Million Hectares

Inaugural plantings of biotech drought-tolerant maize in U.S.; further developments in drought-tolerance technology across the world

BEIJING (Feb. 13, 2014) — The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) today released a report which indicates more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops in 2013, reflecting a five million, or three percent, increase in global biotech crop hectarage. 2013 also marks the first-ever commercial plantings of drought-tolerant biotech maize in the United States.

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GM crop use continues to benefit the environment and farmers

"Half of the farm income gains and the majority of the environmental gains associated with changes in pesticide use and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions occurred in developing countries"

 

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Crop Biotech Update
A weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA).

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