Report on the workshop "Biosafety of GMO", Cairo

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Report on the workshop "Biosafety of GMO", Cairo

A one day workshop on Biosafety of GMOs was held in June 9
th

2012 at Faculty of
Agriculture, Cairo University under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Ahmed Naguib Sharaf


Dean of
the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo
University with the presence of more then 130 specialists in
the field of Biotechnology and Food Safety. The workshop is the first of a series organized by
the Egyptian Biotechnology Information Center (EBIC).

The meeting

aimed at enhancing participants un
derstanding of the key principles of problem
formulation regarding biosafety and risk assessment of GMOs.

The meeting highlighted the
status of GMD worldwide and transferred a better understanding of the meaning of
biosafety and risk assessments of genetic
ally modified organisms.

Prof. Sharaf delivered
the meaning of the importance of GM crops to Egypt. Nevertheless,
he pointed out the need for a biosafety and risk assessments procedure to accompany the
process.

Prof. Hussein Mansour, Head of the establishm
ent of National Authority for Food Safety,
Ministry of Trade and Industry Egypt, considered Biotechnology as one of the most
important scientific revolutions that

took place in the country. He added it

brings hope to
solve many of the current problems rela
ting to food.

Dr
. L
u
ay Z
o
nkl

ElSaid

-

Environmental Affairs Agency
-

Department of biosafety, explained
that the

Genetic

Engineering

is

used to understand many diseases, including AIDS and

is it

also

used

for the treatment or control of certain diseases,
and
he
stressed that
we

must
study the effects of
GMO on
environmental and health carefully, so as not to negatively
impact on the
environmental
system
or earth
. It also point
ed

out that it

is

necessary to raise
the
understanding

of developing countries
re
garding

the application of the

Cartagena

Protocol, adding that the protocol can be appl
ied in the countries that have

not
yet
made

biosafety

law until after the issuance of their own national legislatio
n.

Dr.

Mo
hammad Abdul Ghani Roudhan

-

Deputy Director of Quality Management and
Development Office of the Prime Minister Observatory food
-
Egypt
,

explained

a project
sponsored by the ministry, which aims to design and implement a system to monitor and
track the event

of

a basket of agricultu
ral and food commodities in the life of
the
Egyptian
citizens, which is used as a warning
for
future food crises
. He

made
clear in his speech th
at
the

importance of develop
ing

varieties are strains

that can be irrigated using high salinity
water
and the
importance of reducing the costs of production of major agricultural crops
;

goal that the genetic engineering techniques
can

provide.

Dr.

Salah Soliman


Advisor in

Bibliotica Alexandrina

and professor of chemical pesticides
and toxic at the University o
f Alexandria

led the talk

about the importance of the adoption
of modern technologies
during
the fight against the insects to reach the ideal production of
agricultural crops in Egypt. An example of this
;

Dr.

Dahi Hassan
-

Cotton Research Institute
-

Cent
er for Agricultural Research

Center demonstrated the
genetically modified

cotton that
was

modified
to resist a number of insect species.

He also stated number of the
environmental issues that would be solved by adopting biotechnology. That includes the
rat
ional use of water and soil; the increasing in food security and to reduce poverty.

Prof. Abdallah; Director of EBIC, explained that the goal of the workshop is to increase the
knowledge regarding GM crops by introducing the negatives and positives a
ssocia
ted with
the use of biotechnology. She briefed that the goal is to deliver a message; biotechnology is
a safe process if we go in the right track; biosafety and risk assessment of GMO.

Dr.
Ghada Abu

Elheba

and
Dr
.
G
ihan Hussein
-

Agricultural Research Cent
er
-

Agricultural
Genetic Engineering Research

Institute delivered their speech regarding

the analysis of
scientific techniques for
developing

genetically engineered

plants
and explain
ed

the
potential risks of their use and ways to ensure maximum protection against the potential
risks in order to achieve the best productivity.


Following the round table discussion; the next recommendations were announced;

-

The application of Biotechnology
and the use of genetically modified organisms is no
longer an option but a necessary.

-

Transparency between

researchers, stakeholders and decision
-
makers
regarding
biosafety

and risk assessment is needed the correct

dissemination
of information.

-

The need to

raise awareness
regarding

genetically modified organisms and biosafety
among members of the community through

media, seminars in schools and public
libraries,

universities as well as in the rural communities.

-

The need to

create and activate the role of In
stitutional biosafety committees in
different universities and research institutes working with biotechnology in vital to
ensure the preservation of the environment.

-

Encourage the private sectors to participate in adopting the GMO in the Egyptian
agricult
ure.

For more on this workshop

visit the EBIC web site
www.e
-
bic.net

or contact Dr. Naglaa
Abdallah at
nabdallah@e
-
bic.net