African countries slowly warming up to the idea of GM crops

While South Africa has long grown genetically modified (GM) crops, resistance from across most of the continent is set to slow global plans to turn Africa into the world’s breadbasket.

Just four countries on the continent — South Africa, Egypt, Burkina Faso and Sudan — allow GM crops to be grown commercially. As recently as 2008, South Africa was the only African country to commercially cultivate GM crops such as maize, soya beans and cotton.

In that year Egypt joined in, with a limited amount of GM maize cultivated. Burkina Faso allowed GM cotton to be grown and last year Sudan followed in cultivating the non food crop.

Read the full, original story here: “Most of Africa ‘not positive’ about growing genetically modified crops”

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