The GMO topic has been a very heated topic in Kenya today. The former prime minister Raila Odinga is on the frontline condemning the idea of their introduction in Kenya. Apart from Raila, there are other many people who are opposing the idea. Shockingly, Mr. Raila supported the GMO idea a few years a go.
Genetically Modified Foods were first banned in Kenya in 2012. The banning was informed by a contentious study in France that linked them to cancer.
But what this is the big question? Have we all done detailed research and deeply understood GMOs? Are we a GMO free country. Are we consuming the GMOs even as we debate whether or not we want them officially?
Could be GMOs are not bad for your health. We have food insecurity in this world because of lack of resources and scientists have done all the hard work.
You can correct this statement but ideally, people are generally afraid of what they don't understand. Food and agriculture seems simple so when people hear "genetically modified Organisms" they freak out. We all know agriculture is way more than just planting seeds.
But can we all agree everything we eat have been scientifically altered in some mutation manner.
Genetic engineering has been around for more than 50 years. According to a plant geneticist, Pamela Ronald, genetic engineering has been used for 4 years in cheeses, in medicine and in crops and there hasn't been a single case of harm to human health or the environment.
Last year, the government approved the release of GMO cassava that is resistant to brown streak disease, a severe virus disease of cassava. The crop is being cultivated in Kilifi.
The National Biosafety Authority CEO Dr. Roy Mugiira claimed that the government's decision to purchase GMO products will result in cost savings because the crops will require little upkeep and produce at a high level.