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February 12, 2012

Uganda: help save farmer-saved seed from GMOs onslaught

In an article that appeared in the The Monitor newspaper (Uganda),  Richard Mugisha expresses concern that ‘genetic engineering of crops is being presented as the best and only alternative method of resolving the food crisis in Africa and particularly in Uganda, ignoring indigenous and sustainable systems of food production that are best known, affordable and controlled by the local people.’

Mugisha is the advocacy officer for PELUM (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management)-Uganda, a regional network of sustainable agriculture orgzanizations.

He says points out that Uganda is one of only five African countries that is ‘promoting GMOS,’ the others being Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. He neglects to include countries like Burkina Faso and Egypt that have also embraced GM crops.

Mugisha expresses concern that “the absence of (a) biosafety law has not stopped
laboratory and field testing for GMO crop.” He also mentions reduction of biodiversity and farmers’ dependence on seed companies for his worry about the push for GM crops.   

He concludes, ”I therefore recommend that government should be seen to strongly support farmers to save their indigenous seeds to protect agricultural biodiversity for the future generation.”

full article…The Monitor

(Support farmers to save their indigenous seeds from GMOs)

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