GMOs, Food Security, Agriculture, AFRICA:
Anti GMO in Africa lobbyists face resistance

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JOHANNESBURG - The African Centre for Biosafety’s call for Africa to ban the cultivation, import and export of all genetically modified maize is meeting with some resistance from smallholder farmers who have experienced the economic benefits of GMOs.
Amongst supporters of GMOs is, Motlasi Musi, a South African smallholder maize farmer who says he earned about 225 dollars more per hectare for his GM crop than he did when he farmed ordinary maize.

The African Centre for Biosafety does not believe that GMOs can deliver food security on the continent, specifically in South Africa, a leading African producer of GMOs.

According to Nnimmo Bassey, coordinator of Friends of the Earth International, an NGO, GM crops are neither more nutritious, better yielding nor use fewer pesticides and herbicides.

And he said they are unsafe for humans and for the environment. /IPS (END//2012)

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