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Learn from other countries failures on GMO, Africa warned

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Learn from other countries failures on GMO, Africa warned

Even as debate rages over the use of genetically engineered food, Africa and the world in general have been warned against jumping blindly into production of GMO foods. Kenya has been grappling with the issue of legalising GMO foods; In June this year, Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia told the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries that there was pressure locally and internationally to have the ban lifted. The Standard in June this year also quoted EU head of delegation to Kenya, Lodewjik Briet, saying that local farmers would find it difficult to export their products to Europe should the country adopt GMO technology.

There is intense lobbying therefore at the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre Conference in Turin, Italy where delegates from other countries shared tales of how their countries have been duped into engineered products. Adelita San Vicente Tello from Mexico from Mexico narrated a classic example that should be a warning about how Mexico was pushed into GMO maize and the conflict of interest it has created. Mexico is one of the largest producers of corn but still lacks enough to eat influence by multinationals the, conference was told.

Source: standardmedia.co.ke