GM Foods are not harmful – OFAB Ghana Chapter

The Ghana Chapter of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology OFAB has rejected claims by renowned Indian agro-ecologist, Dr Vandana Shiva, at a forum in Accra that consuming Genetically Modified Foods could be harmful to Ghanaians.

The Founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology was in Accra earlier this week on the invitation of Food Sovereignty Ghana to encourage Ghanaians to stand up against the introduction of GM foods into the country’s food chain.

She told the forum that accepting GM foods would amount to, ‘seed colonisation and seed slavery.’

But in a statement the focal person of OFAB Ghana Chapter Dr. Margaret Atikpo has dismissed the claims as untrue, saying: ‘GMOs are not toxins or toxic as Shiva believes.’

The campaign against GM Foods has also urged Ghanaians to reject the Plant Breeders Bill which is currently before Parliament.

But in response, Dr. Atikpo who also works with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research says: ‘The plant breeders’ bill is simply to provide royalties and serves to motivate the breeders, protect our seeds and fetch the much needed foreign exchange revenues for Ghana.’

The CSIR is currently undertaking confined field trials of Genetically Modified foods including cowpea to test them ahead of their introduction into the country’s food chain.

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