Taryn de Beer

Taryn de Beer

Masters Student


Labelling of genetically modified food in South Africa
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Rachel Wynberg

I completed my MSc Degree within the Environmental and Geographical Science Department at UCT where I also did my BSc undergraduate studies and my BSc Honours in Environmental Management. During my Honours year my research was focused on water resource management, identifying the algal bloom distributions in Hartebeespoort Dam using satellite remote sensing as my final project. My Masters project analysed genetically modified (GM) food labelling in South Africa, tracking the development and implementation of policy governing GM food labelling in the country. Not only has this work provided an opportunity to analyse how policy governing this type of food labelling has developed in South Africa, and how it has been implemented, but it also elucidated what enforcement means in a resource poor country.

Outside work and academia, I like to explore the endless places and sites that the Mother City has to offer. I am passionate about food (hence my research interest in food labelling), and my friends would describe me as an enthusiastic baker. I love to travel, occasionally tap dance, and have a great big heart when it comes to animals.
My future aspirations would be to develop a meaningful career involving transparency in the food industry, with further travel experiences also being a high priority.