As Nigeria assures no GMO corn imported, environment minister embraces biotech

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The [Nigerian] government, while placing alert on importation of unauthorized maize, made it clear that no genetically modified maize had been imported into the country’s markets, contrary to the ongoing speculation in the media.

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril said the government was working assiduously to ensure food security, describing biotechnology as alternative that must be imbibed to move the country forward…The minister said many lies were peddling against GMO, making Nigerians throw away the baby with the bath water. He maintained that biotechnology is not as evil as being entirely presented, acknowledging that though there might be some negative sides, its positive sides were [ones] that the country could benefit from…Jibril further said that “a secured nation is the one that grows its own foods, processes what it produces to compete in the international market,” adding that Nigeria could not afford to continuing importing what the people can produce. He assured of the federal government determination to partner with all stakeholders in exploring use of relevant technology that would provide adequate food for Nigerians.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: We don’t have any GMO food, but genetically modified plants

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