Activists in the U.S. have been fighting the use of GMO seeds promoted by Monsanto. A leaked cable suggests that the U.S. government has been involved in efforts to promote GMO crops to west Africa and even tied granting aid to their use.
Experts and scientists have heralded GMOs for their higher yields, resistance to pests and increased nutritional value for some varieties, but farmers in Ghana and other west African nations fear the loss of crop diversity and the costs of using genetically modified “hybrid” seed sold by American companies. As such crops do not pollinate, farmers who use them would then have no choice but to buy new seed from multinational companies every year, along with their pesticides and herbicides. Citing concerns about a lack of transparency, one activist group, Food Soverignty Ghana, recently refused an invitation to attend a roundtable on biotechnology at the U.S. embassy in Accra.
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