Kenya: Scientists call for lifting GM ban

Scientists called on the Kenyan government on Thursday to remove the ban imposed on the importation of genetically modified food (GMOs).

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications Africa (ISAAA) Director Dr. Margaret Karembu told journalists in Nairobi that the ban has reduced the momentum gained so far in the local biotechnology industry.

“We therefore call on the government to reconsider its stand on the importation of GM foods as it has caused uncertainty in the research industry,” she said on Thursday. The government imposed the ban last year over health concerns.

Karembu, who is also the Chairperson, Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) Kenya Chapter, said the debate on GMOs has been driven by emotions as well as different interpretations of science knowledge.

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