Ghanaian researcher: Let science, not scare-mongering, guide our country’s GMO policy

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[Editor’s note: The author is currently a Ph.D. Candidate studying Plant Science at the South Dakota State University, Brookings, USA. He is also a faculty member of Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, KNUST, Kumasi.]

As scientists and researchers, we always rise to the occasion by designing solutions that meet our pressing needs. But sadly we don’t always see the positive impact of our works because of the inconsistent and shifting positions of our populist politicians on national policy.

So has been our politicians’ stance on the matter regarding the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Ghana.

Our politicians continue to evade the real issues warranting the need for the adoption of GMOs into our agriculture, and in doing so, inadvertently pander to the irrational and absurd demands of the anti-science scaremongers.

The mere expression of skepticism and the attempted demonization of GMOs by opponents should not be logical grounds for our politicians’ inaction in bringing the debate to finality.

[A]dopting GMOs is no panacea to our intractable food insecurity, but their acceptance and integration into our agriculture would significantly improve our chances of safeguarding our fragile national food security against unpredictable threats from invasive pests and changing weather patterns.

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