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Uganda: University ag lecturer lobbies against country’s biotech bill

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For Uganda to embrace Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is a recipe for disaster for the country, Dr. Giregon Olupot of Makerere University has cautioned.

Speaking at a public lecture in Kampala, Dr. Olupot said that opening Uganda’s gates to GMOs will pose an irreversible health and environment risk to the country.

GMO plants or animals contain genes which have been artificially inserted. The highly contestable GMOs include living organisms such as seeds or plants that could alter native plants through cross-pollination.

Olupot who lectures at the College of Agricultural and Environmental sciences was quick to state the most prevalent side effects of consuming GMOs as cancer and obesity.

He added that about one billion and 1.4 billion people were hungry and obese respectively across the globe despite a surge in genetically modified (GM) crops.

 Read the full story here: Uganda: Makerere Don Warns On GE

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