African biotech specialist disputes concerns over GMOs

At a recent conference on biotechnology held in Accra, Ghana, Professor Jonathan Padi Tetteh stated that GM foods pose no health risks to humans and called on the African continent to embrace this technology to solve food security problems.

Professor Tetteh is attached to the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and works in the field of biotechnology. The theme of the conference where his remarks were given was entitled: “The Impact of Biotechnology on Food Production”. There are growing efforts throughout Africa – with recent calls for a ‘Second Green Revolution’ – to convince local farmers that genetic engineering is ‘progress’ and will have no detrimental impact on their livelihoods, societies, or ecosystems.  Professor Tetteh makes the argument that genetic engineering is the way forward for Africa because this is the way that ‘developed’ countries are doing it. “GM foods”, he noted, “had been consumed in many countries including USA, Canada, Brazil, India and China for over 16 years without any reports of adverse effects.”

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