GMO for all?:
Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism. Currently available GM foods stem mostly from plants, but in the future foods derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are likely to be introduced on the market. Most existing genetically modified crops have been developed to improve yield, through the introduction of resistance to plant diseases or of increased tolerance of herbicides.
Despite heavy criticism of foods produced via genetic engineering contains glyphosate being carcinogenic, a slow but deadly killer otherwise known as Cancer. However reports suggests that there are high adoption rate of GM all over the world which is a testimony to the trust and confidence of millions of small, medium and large scale farmers in crop Biotechnology in both industrialized and developing countries
November 2015 European Food Security Authority published the EU’s peer review of the active substance, glyphosate.
“The report concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to pose carcinogenic hazard to humans. This is a direct contradiction to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which classified glyphosate as ‘probably’ carcinogenic. The IARC classification has caused widespread media attention…” –EFSA.
“During the 23rd ordinary sessions of the Africa Union assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, the heads of states and government of Africa undertook to eliminate hunger on the African continent by the year 2025. Put in simple terms, the Malabo declaration states that by 2025, no African should go to bed hungry” –Dr. Rose Gidado
That could end up only a wish if no measure is taken to effect a change to the dwindling output of African farms that are poorly represented in the world market. However, average African farmers who dominate the hierarchy of majority never cease tilling their ways into the ground digging out hope that it would be better with or without provision of enhanced Biotech seeds and Biotech applications.
Nigeria, a key signatory to the Malabo declaration tops the list of eleven ECOWAS countries that have over one million people affected by hunger and undernourishment due to affordability, effective mass storage and distribution. The challenges are bare; there is no solution in sight other than a very pervasive agricultural practice that will make food abundant and available to the generality of the masses.
Nigerian government signed the National Biosafety Bill into law in 2015, the National Biosafety Act provides for the establishment of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) responsible for ensuring adequate level of protection in the field of safe transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) resulting from modern Biotechnology that may have adverse effects on Conservation and sustainable use of Biodiversity taking into account risks to human health, animals, plant and environment. The enforcement of NBMA commences 2016, leaves no stone unturned in achieving its goal of eliminating all owners of GMOs suspects that are already in Nigeria
This goal as conceived by farmers of Sheda village in the FCT believes it is at the detriment of all local small scale farmers in Nigeria. They expressed concern and frustrations on inaccessibility to Biotech improved seeds that they believe could work miracle on their infertile farmlands. But with the watching eye of NBMA, which could be a deterring factor from achieving the 21st century farmers’ dream of good life on farmlands.
With the GM technology already in place but not in sight to the local farm folks, will Nigeria indeed find her POT OF GOLD at the end of the transgenic rainbow?