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AFRICA IS NOT A PLACE FOR GMOS

AFRICA is not a place for GMOs, says African Biodiversity Network advocacy coordinator Anne Maina.Commenting on calls by Zambian stakeholders for government to open debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the country following Kenya’s introduction of GM maize, Maina said genetically engineered foods were not a solution to the food shortages and climate change […]

KENYANS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT THEY EAT

In 2010, the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition (KBioC) issued an alert over the importation of a consignment of 3.2 million bags of 100 per cent GMO maize from South Africa at a time when Kenya had a bumper harvest. The coalition raised several concerns which have never been answered to date. A key concern was why […]

CONTROVERSY OVER GMO MAIZE IMPORT DEEPENS

The government says genetically modified (GMO) foods remain outlawed despite reports that a consignment of about 40,000 tonnes of South African maize produced through the technology was lying at Mombasa port. “We are aware that we have about 11,000 tonnes of contentious maize at the Port of Mombasa, but until scientific results are obtained we […]

KENYAN LOBBYISTS REJECT GMO FOOD FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Importation of genetically modified food to stabilise food prices in Kenya has revived an old debate on safety of the products, with lobbyists pitted against each other. Anne Maina of the African Bio-diversity Network says the introduction of patented seeds and related chemicals into Kenya’s farming systems threatens the country’s agricultural practices, its livelihoods, the […]

KENYAN FARMERS IN PROTEST OVER MONSANTO’S GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN

Newscast Media NAIROBI, Kenya — On Friday July 8, Kenya’s environmental and food security activists called on the government to recognize and support organic agriculture practiced by most small scale farmers to avoid imports of genetically modified (GM) foods. The Kenyan government in June gave a go-ahead to the nation’s grain millers to import genetically […]

KENYA 4TH AFRICAN NATION TO EMBRACE MONSANTO’S GMOS

Joining South Africa, Burkina Faso and Egypt, Kenya is now the fourth African country to allow importing of genetically modified foods. Kenya’s move towards GMOs comes as many countries across the continent are rallying against the risks genetically modified crops pose to the health of African people and its land. But, Kenyan officials and Monsanto, the biotech giant […]