Two scientists have accused the
The scientists faulted the head of the EU delegation to Kenya, Mr Lodewjik Briet, whom they accused of singling out products from African countries "when it is in the public domain that they usually import goods from GM producing countries".
During a recent appearance on Citizen TV's breakfast show, Cheche,
The scientist said that warning Kenyans against adopting GM crops was a diversionary tactic aimed at frustrating research and the country's quest to be self-reliant in food production.
They export so much from countries like
The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Thika centre director, Dr
"We can't tie our development to what
The scientists said that
"We are the ones suffering from food shortages. We don't want to live in that dependence mode always and keep on relying on relief food because we have accepted to be swayed away by
He said they had also passed the same message to
Under the technology, application of pesticides is reduced from 12 sprays per season to 3 by integrating the GM technology in seeds so that the plants are protected.
KARI is through with the requisite research and all that is remaining is permission from the
However, the ban on importation of GM food in
Health Cabinet Secretary, Mr
"The Cabinet has not met. So we cannot share the recommendations put to the Cabinet as doing so will be unconstitutional,"
Prof Thairu said that the
"Safety procedures in the GMO world are driven by the industry players.
There is no independent evaluation by people without a stake in it, unlike in the medical industry where we have independent evaluations," said Prof Thairu.
He said the GMO technology was not a bad idea but what is lacking and causing controversy is a regulatory framework, which he said does not address safety of GMO foods.
"Every single tablet in the market has been tested for safety for human consumption.
Controversy in the GMO sector is due to lack of a procedure for testing GMO products for human consumption," Prof Thairu said.
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