Kenya: Health secretary blocks planned testing of GMO maize

The article below reports that in Kenya, the health secretary has rejected a planned trial of GM maize, “dealing a big blow to scientists and global seed companies, who have been pushing for policy change on the controversial crop science”.

Note that this quote from Francis Karin, a senior research assistant at the Tegemeo Institute at Egerton University, is a piece of nonsense:

“If you look at the production of GM maize you will realise that they perform better than the ones we are planting at the moment. Look at countries like Mexico US and South Africa, which have maize surplus only because they have adopted GMOs.”

In reality Mexico doesn’t yet have any legally planted GM maize, as the question of whether to commercialise the crop has been tied up in the courts for years.

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