Traditional farming a better solution for African countries

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Given the British government’s approach to protecting the environment by trying to sell forests, culling badgers, and cutting environmental protection, the environment secretary’s enthusiastic embrace of the genetic modification (GM) lobby is rather predictable, but no less of a disappointment for that.

Some of my colleagues are still reeling that, with his views on climate change, Owen Paterson would see fit to lecture anyone about science – but as someone born and raised in Africa, I felt particularly keenly his attempt to portray GM as the solution to world hunger. Most GM is in fact for commodity crops production using chemical-intensive methods. But pressure is constantly applied to African governments, mainly by big US corporations, because Africa and Asia are the only industry hopes for GM expansion.

Read the full, original story here: “GM crops: the genetic colonialists”

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