Evidence-based discussion of GMOs in Uganda wins over farmers

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We, the Alliance for Science Uganda Global Leadership fellows, wanted to take the genetic engineering (GE) conversation to the actual beneficiaries—the farmers. . .

. . . .

During the workshop many things became apparent, including:

  1. Most people do not believe there is a difference between a hybrid/crossbred seed and a GMO. . . .
  2. “If GM is good, why it has it received such bad and long beating world-over?”. . .
  3. Most people who are anti-GMO are so because of ignorance. Once we told them the GM truth, they all reacted the same way: “I did not know!”
  4. . . .“If we consume imported foods containing GMOs, why cannot we grow them?” I hope our legislators can find an appropriate answer to this question, which will be legalizing the commercialization of GM crops in Uganda.
  5. Palatability or foods retaining their “natural” taste ranks as high up as disease and pest resistance. . . .

At the end of the workshop, we had answered people’s questions and quieted their fears; in turn we had made allies of them. . . .

Read full, original post: Talking About Genetically Modified Crops in Uganda – My Experience

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