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Top Ghanaian politician calls for GM foods ban

| April 18, 2014

Samia Yaaba Nkrumah, chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), has expressed reservation over attempts to introduce genetically modified foods (GM) into the country.

This, she said, would undermine and damage traditional farming practices and serve as unnecessary threat to public health, water resources, air and the natural environment.

Addressing the media during a demonstration against GMO at the Kaneshie Market in Accra on Thursday, Nkrumah appealed to her government to research more into agro-ecological agriculture including agro-forestry, green manure, cover crops, soil and water conservation, mulching and use of local seeds.

“These technologies are proven to be more resilient to climate change, and more sustainable and accessible to local farmers,” she said. The demonstration, which was to mark the International Day of Farmers’ Struggle was organised by the Coalition for Farmers’ Right and Advocacy against GMOs (COFAM).

She observed that although Ghana had gained recognition for reducing poverty and hunger, all the benefits had gone to the southern sector of the country to the detriment of the northern part.

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