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Kenya intends to lift the GMO ban

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 3, 2019
Kenyan officials have revealed intentions to lift the ban to allow the country to accrue the benefits of the technology.
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GMO   It comes hot on the heels of widespread studies
Kenya, that has had a ban on GM technology in place since 2012, is set to soon allow genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and products.

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While Kenya has made significant progress on GMOs in terms of enacting watertight regulations and controlled research on crops such as Bt maize, Bt cotton, cassava, sorghum, and sweet potato, the ban has meant the country cannot progress to the commercialization stage.

For the East African nation the move toward lifting the ban is timely and well informed. It comes hot on the heels of widespread studies that have validated the safety of GM crops and repudiated the Seralini paper, the controversial study by Gilles-Eric Seralini that alleges GMOs cause cancer and which Kenya used in justifying the ban.

“The Seralini study that influenced the ban has widely been discredited, and, as a country, we feel lifting the ban is prudent in order to fully benefit from the GM technology,” says Dorington Ogoyi, CEO of Kenya’s National Biosafety Authority (NBA).


 

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