Group to fight court’s ruling on GMOs in Ghana

Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), a non-governmental organization on Wednesday has made its intention to appeal against the dismissal of a suit for interim injunction to restrain the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the National Biosafety Committee (NBC) from commercializing genetically modified cowpeas and rice in Ghana.

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The Human Rights Court presided over Justice Dennis Adjei, on Oct.29, ruled against the FSG saying the defendants would suffer irreparable damage and hardship if they are restrained from performing their statutory function specified under the Bio-safety Act.

kick GMO out of Ghana
kick GMO out of Ghana

The NGO strongly disagrees. Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour, communications director of the FSG, said the group’s contention was that such a conclusion could only be arrived at after the examination of the substantive issues, that the very use of the word “bio-safety” implies a certain consensus among the scientific community on the need for a strict adherence to good bio-safety practices, indispensable in any national development model.

He said the group was astonished that the defendant’s main grounds of opposition to the application for injunction was that they do not intend to release GM cowpea and rice.

“We respectfully beg to ask, if the Defendants themselves are claiming, that they have no intention of commercial release of these crops, being BT Cowpea and GM Rice, then where is the “irreparable damage and hardship” that they are expected to suffer be coming from?” Baffour asked.

The group is calling on Ghanaians to show keen interest in the matter and support them in prosecuting the case.
Samia Yaaba Nkrumah, former chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) pledged her party’s support to the NGO on its quest to use legal mean to stop the introduction of GMOs into Ghana.

Some activists in Ghana consider genetically manipulated foods as a health hazard and a threat to economic and food sovereignty and national security.

The country’s Bio-safety Act 831, 2011, has already permitted the introduction of GM foods. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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