Atheists welcome Kenya Kwanza's decision to import 10 million bags of GMO maize
- The Atheist in Kenya Society does not understand why some 3.5 million Kenyans are suffering from starvation, yet GMO foods can come in handy at such a time.
"There is no credible evidence of harm from GMOs. On the contrary, GMO crops have been shown to have more impact in countries like India and Brazil," the society's president Harrison Mumia says in a statement.
The Atheists In Kenya Society have welcomed the decision by the Kenya Kwanza administration to allow the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) maize into the country.
In a statement issued by President Harrison Mumia, the society has said that there is no credible evidence of harm from GMOs.
"There is no credible evidence of harm from GMOs. On the contrary, GMO crops have been shown to have more impact in countries like India and Brazil.
"In a country such as ours, where farm inputs, like fertilizers, farm equipment, and pesticides are becoming harder to afford for our farmers, we believe that [genetically modified] crops have more to offer," Mumia says in a statement.
The society further says that GMOs are not poisonous as many perceive them to be.
"GMOs are not poison. The perceived ills of genetically modified foods are illusory and far smaller than believed," Mumia's statement adds.
The follows after Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria said that the government has allowed the importation of 10 million bags of GMO maize to address current biting food crisis.
"We have taken deliberate decisions to improve the current dire food situation in the country. We have decided to allow the importation of GMO maize into the country until the food situation improves," CS Kuria said on Thursday last week.
The decision by President William Ruto-led government to lift a 2012 ban on GMOs has divided the country into the middle, with one half supporting the move, and the other half objecting.
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