Uganda: Academics, activists clash over GMO bill

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After years of debate and preparation, Canadian-based Ugandan columnist Opiyo Oloya has asked Parliament to shelve the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012.

Oloya, a teacher, argues that genetically modified crops (GMOs) do not regenerate, meaning generations of poor farmers will have to buy seeds from profit-hungry companies.

Jackie Atim, a plant pathologist at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro), disagrees with Oloya’s assertion that genetically modified crops or food will enslave Ugandan farmers for generations. Atim insists that biotechnology is the way to go and therefore, the Bio-safety Bill, which is under parliamentary scrutiny, is just timely.

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