Genetically Modified Foods in Africa: The Debate Rages on

As Africa becomes the latest battleground for GMOs, many a one-sided opinion piece led by pro-GMO scientists, companies and lobbies across Africa are driving an agenda to push national lawmakers to pass favourable legislations which could potentially disenfranchise small stakeholder farmers. The continent currently lacks a clear consensus on GMOs regulation and this could potentially undermine their impact on food security and our fragile ecosystems. As has been argued elsewhere, perhaps a centralised regulatory approach similar to that which pertains in Europe could be the answer to control the industry. Africa needn’t be the dumping ground for predatory biotech Monsanto-like zombie seeds. Time to think strategically on localized biodiversity, biosafety and bioengineering practices.

Check these links below if you care to find out more about GMOs:

  1. http://www.acbio.org.za/index.php/publications/rest-of-africa
  2. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/spring01/denlinger/problems.html
  3. http://unu.edu/publications/articles/are-transgenic-crops-safe-gm-agriculture-in-africa.html
  4. http://www.scidev.net/global/gm/news/call-for-single-body-to-regulate-gmos-across-africa.html
  5. http://sitemaker.umich.edu/africa.gmo/introduction
  6. http://www.naturalnews.com/042187_monsanto_gmo_crops_africa.html#
  7. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/20058-why-african-farmers-do-not-want-gmos
  8. http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/programs/conservation-and-development/gmo-fears-overblown/
  9. http://www.cfr.org/agricultural-policy/regulation-gmos-europe-united-states-case-study-contemporary-european-regulatory-politics/p8688
  10. http://korbelreport.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/should-we-fear-the-gmo/
  11. http://pulitzercenter.org/blog/untold-stories/africas-hunger-hardships-spur-biotech-debate
  12. http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=294983
  13. http://www.myjoyonline.com/opinion/2013/December-12th/otokunors-lens-gmos-the-fears-facts-politics-economics-and-the-future-part-i.php
  14. http://permaculturenews.org/2011/07/07/kenyans-demand-a-stop-to-gmo-food-imports/

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Theo Acheampong
Theo is an economist and social media enthusiast who provides regular commentary on socioeconomic and political developments in Ghana and Africa at large. Theo is passionate about leadership, entrepreneurship and the role of innovative technologies in solving Africa's developmental challenges.