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  • Jonathan Odhong

    Some laws we pass in Kenya are self defeatist.Why then are we even encouraging our scientists to carry on with research on products like the drought resistant maize varieties if we already have punitive laws in place that will hamper their use?

    • Read the article in the correct context. The millers are discussing “importation” of GMO products. It has nothing to do with scientific research. Drought resistant maize does not imply it is GMO technology used to produce this crop. Laws are passed and put in place to protect the nation , its citizens and its consumers. There is nothing defeatist about that. Unless one wants to decieve or manipulate the Kenyan consumers ?

  • “There is not much space on food products for GM labels,” Fernandez resisted adding “It is unfair to the GM food industry as there is no conclusive evidence that their products are inferior in any way.”

    Lame and unjustifiable excuses. If GMO products imported into Kenya are not harmless simply label them. Does it require a whole packet to label it ? ” This product contains matter that is derived from or contain GMO content.” How much space did that take ?

    Labelling serves the purpose of consumer rights and safety precautions from unscrupulous traders or middle men to exploit the Kenyan citizens. Would you accept to go to a pharmacy and purchase a packet that states – “Asprin” – only ? With not other information. Selfish motives are a bad excuse to profit or increase ones market share. GMO crops are not cheaper. They appear this way when done in full industrial production.

    Also already South Africa is begining to see the first cases of infant child deformities in socially exposed citizens whose staple diet is GMO maize. Amusing as it might seem bizarre many South African consumers and middle and higher classes insist on purchasing organic foods only. They have relegated GMO crops to the poorer citizens and for export to nations such as Kenya who have had their maize production biologically tampered with and destroyed. Kenya does not need GMOs. It needs more organic farmers and farming.

    Our constitution protects our biodiversity and protection of our indigenous plants and seeds.

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