Genetically Modified Organisms Confuses Journalists

The demo which will coincide with the World Food Day to be marked on Friday will press the government to tighten biosafety regulations to deter against health risks that might arise from consumption of GMOs.

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genetically modified organisms

The Kenya Biodiversity Coalition (KBioC) together with Greenpeace Africa, Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) and the Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) are joining the rest of the world to celebrate and address critical issues and concerns around the Right to food.

Through the demonstration, the organisations aim to call on the government not to lift the ban on GMOs.

Maina said Nakuru, dubbed as Kenya’s food basket, could very easily become a battleground between the broken food system and citizens fighting for their right to healthy, environmentally-friendly food.

While pressure mounts on governments in Africa, including Kenya, to embrace genetically modified food, the people of Nakuru are pushing back on the pressure by declaring Nakuru GMO free.

“Many of our small-scale farmers are already practising ecological farming. This farming system combines the relevant recent scientific knowledge with the knowledge from our forefathers,” said Greenpeace Africa’s Shanaaz Nel.

Greenpeace Africa in conjunction with partners, KBioC, KOAN, and ICE, and other farmers movements are saying a clear “no” to GMO food and “yes” to Ecological Farming.

Ecological farming is a production system based on working with nature that is good for people and the planet.
The advocates said Kenya is full of viable initiatives that put farmers at the centre of sustainable and economically feasible ecological solutions.

“Food must not be viewed as a commodity for commercial exchange, but rather one that is intertwined with our lives and therefore it must be produced in an ecologically sound manner,” said Wanjiru Kamau of KOAN.

The green movement is opposed to large scale adoption of GMOs citing their negative health and environmental impacts alongside loss of genetic diversity in the country.

They said Kenya is not ready for commercialization of GMOs until pertinent issues like food sovereignty and consumers health are addressed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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