Ugandan farmer’s diary: The biotech debate and our challenges

| | April 4, 2013
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The legalisation of biotechnology is not to outlaw organic farming, which is to sustain soil fertility and produce food in its natural form. The issue is that we are faced with new crop diseases, harsh climate, malnutrition, and a fast growing population—challenges that we cannot overcome effectively without resorting to biotechnology. Our scientists must come up with the appropriate crop varieties.

Some nutrients have to be genetically introduced into traditional food crops that people find more affordable and eat in great amounts such as cassava and bananas to counter malnutrition. We must also speed up food production to feed a bigger population.

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