Zimbabwe Government’s Rejection Of GMO Food Aid Is ‘Humanitarian Outrage’
Wall Street Journal: We May Starve, but at Least We’ll Be GMO-Free
Nayasha Mudukuti, biotechnology student at Chinhoyi University of Technology and member of the Global Farmer Network
“…Zimbabwe will reject any food aid that includes a genetically-modified-organism [GMO] ingredient — such as grains, corn, and other crops made more vigorous or fruitful through GMO breeding. The ban comes just as Zimbabweans are suffering from our worst drought in two decades and up to three million people need emergency relief. … The rejection of GMO food aid is a humanitarian outrage — a man-made disaster built on top of a natural disaster. Yet something even worse lies behind it: a denial of science. GMOs pose no threat to human health, as virtually every scientific and regulatory agency that has studied them knows. … There are no easy solutions to a drought, and even crops with GMOs can’t bring us the rain we need. Yet the drought may serve the purpose of highlighting the madness of Africa’s anti-GMO extremism. After all, we need these GMOs in the form of emergency food aid. But we should be able to enjoy them soon as an ordinary part of farming and food production” (3/10).