Sunday, July 17, 2011

Catchy Propaganda

Chinese and Swahili Versions of Mandy and Fanny Cartoon Book on Biotech

The novel educational cartoon featuring two characters, "Mandy" and "Fanny" impersonating biotech maize and biotech cotton, is now finding its way to China and East Africa through Mandarin and Swahili versions.

The 60-page educational cartoon publication features a lively dialogue between Mandy (biotech maize) and Fanny (biotech cotton). Eye-catching frames present factual messages about biotech crops as contributors to sustainable agriculture. The educational cartoon publication aims to demystify misconceptions/notions that biotech crops are harmful to human beings and their environment.
Dr. Clive James, Founder and Chairman of ISAAA commented that "Sharing knowledge with young people about the new technologies of the 21st century, such as biotech crops, is vital, because they will be the decision-makers of tomorrow. The educational cartoon illustrations will enhance the understanding of children and young people about the utility and safety of biotech crops, which represent an essential element in a global strategy that will contribute to food security and the alleviation of poverty in developing countries."

Follow "Mandy & Fanny" on http://www.facebook.com/mandyandfanny and log on to http://www.chinabic.org and http://www.isaaa.org/india for more information about the cartoon and illustrations, selected images and a print copy of the cartoon publication "Mandy & Fanny: The Future of Sustainable Agriculture". For a print copy of the Chinese version contact China BIC at zhangt@mail.las.ac.cn and zhanghx@mail.las.ac.cn. The Chinese, English, and Swahili versions of Mandy & Fanny are available at http://www.isaaa.org/resources/publications/mandy_and_fanny/default.asp

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