Kenya ‘not ready’ for GM crops

Is Kenya ready for genetically modified crops? No.

Going by the findings of the task force appointed by Health Secretary James Macharia to review matters related to GMO and food security, there was a hint of caution on Kenya’s capacity to handle GM food imports.

The task force concluded, “looking at the current situation, the country has some capacity to handle and monitor GM food imports”. Yet went on to caution, “the capacity to detect GMOs is separate and distinct from ability to assess the safety of GMOs”.

The proponents of GMOs are concerned about food security. They argue that GM crops have the potential to end hunger and malnutrition. If hunger is driving Kenya to embrace GM foods, then producers of GM foods do not produce for consumption rather for processing and animal feeds. Even if GM foods were introduced today, they would not be a solution to hunger.

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