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.

Welcome!

You're all set to enjoy unlimited Prime content.