GM foods becoming a reality in Kenya

What you need to know:

  • The goal, said Mr Ruto, is to “maximise agricultural production, improve health services, conserve the environment, and basically improve the living standards of our people”.
  • They’ll also grumble that GM crops are part of a foreign conspiracy, even though the kinds of crops we’ll grow in Kenya will be designed to confront the challenges we face here.
  • Our goal as farmers is to grow as much good food and fibre as possible — and we want access to safe technologies that can help us achieve the food security that has proved so elusive on our continent.

This could be the big turning-point for biotechnology in agriculture: Deputy President William Ruto has announced that our country will lift its ban on genetically modified foods and has started the process of allowing the commercialisation of GM crops.


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