Protest against GMOs as Kenya celebrates World food day
19 October 2015, 11:18
Nairobi - Non- governmental organizations (NGO's) in the environmental sector are pushing for the continued ban on GMO products in Kenya.
Over the weekend, the NGO's held demonstrations along the streets of Nakuru town to raise awareness on the effects associated with the consumption of the products as part of marking world food day celebrations.
The Kenya Biodiversity Coalition (KBioC) together with Greenpeace Africa, Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) and the Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) met in Nakuru to address critical concerns around the Right to food.
Chanting anti GMO slogans, the crowd consisting of Scientists, activists and small scale farmers wearing t- shirts christened 'GMO= cancer' took time to educate the gathered crowds of their opposition.
According to them, the intended introduction of GMO’s is not a good solution to food security in the country hence pushed for irrigation methods to be given top priority.
Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) Head of Information, Liaison, and Policy Wanjiru Kamau called the Government of Kenya, donors, and philanthropic organisations to reject Genetic Engineering.
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She urged them to shift funds from large-scale industrial agriculture and support Ecological farming in order to increase farmer incomes, promote diversity, build resilience and ultimately food sovereignty for the benefit of Kenyans.
"Kenya is full of viable initiatives that put farmers at the centre of sustainable and economically feasible ecological solutions: Food must not be viewed as a commodity for commercial exchange, but rather one that is intertwined with our lives and therefore it must be produced in an ecologically sound manner,” she said.
National Coordinator, KBioC, MS Anne Maina said GMO foods are being pushed as the panacea for food security.
“KBioCrejects this and calls for Kenyans to demand that the government of Kenya invests into systems that promote seed and food sovereignty like organic agriculture, investment in irrigation and land management systems,” she said.
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