GMO foods are safe for humans and environment – Scientist

Fatima
Anafu-Astanga, GNA

Bolgatanga, Oct. 15,
GNA – Dr Daniel Osei Ofosu, a Research Scientist at the Ghana Atomic Energy
Commission (GAEC), has reiterated the safety of Genetically Modified (GMO)foods
for humans and the environment, which when introduced onto the Ghanaian market,
could address food insecurity.

He reassured the
public that before any GMO food was put onto the market, it would have gone
through the necessary safety precautions.

Dr Osei Ofosu said
this in a telephone interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga to
respond to issues of GMOs and advantages of its adoption in Ghana.

He said Ghana’s new
Legislative Instrument 2383 of 2019 and the Bio- Safety Act 831, 2011, were in
pursuance to the implementation of the National Bio Safety Authority (NBA) Law.

As part of the
issues of food safety the NBA works with the Food and Drugs Authority, mandated
to ensure the safety of any product on the market, to ensure comprehensive
work.

The scientist
appreciated the challenges Ghanaians went through in the beginning in
understanding the Genetic Engineering (GE) technology, which is defined as the
‘deliberate modification of the characteristics of an organism by manipulating
its genetic material to produce GMOs, using Genetic Engineering.’

He said as
scientists they were assisting to explain the issues to the nation to ensure
the total understanding by all.

Dr Osei Ofosu noted
that farmers faced a lot of problems regarding soil fertility, and as a result
they banked their hard earned cash on buying fertilizer to improve their
productivity.

He said challenges
of insect pest, poor rainfall patterns and post-harvest losses could be
addressed through the use of the science available, which GE sought to address.

“GMOs can help
improve food yields and ensure food security for the country as a whole and its
products are safe,” he said.

GNA

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