Farmers Call for Ban on Genetically Modified Organisms
Farmers in Kano have called for the banning of Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs due to the side effect they have on their farming system, health and the environment.
The farmers who made this call at a farmers’ dialogue meeting organized by Health of Mother Earth Foundation, (HOMEF) on food and farming system, in Kwankwaso town, Madobi Local government area of the state.
The Programme Manager of HOMEF, Joyce Ebebeinwe who briefed newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, said GMOs have health, environmental and economic implication hence the need to ban the products.
According to her “The farmers say no to GMOs. They call for a ban on GMOs especially because of the risks associated with them. Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs are crops that have had their genetic material changed in a way that is not natural. They are products of modern agricultural biotechnology.
“So there are challenges with this technology. Such challenges are in form of health, environmental challenges and even implications on our economy. On health, researches have linked the consumption of GMOs to health problems like cancer, liver malfunction, kidney issues, immune disorders and birth defects among others.
“On the environment, the chemicals that accompany these products have led to soil degradation. We see the soil not producing crops as healthy as it should produce.
“So the farmers are calling for the preservation of their natural food. They unanimously said that they do not want the GMOs. That they want natural food to be preserved because they believed those are the foods that are healthy and nutritious,” She said.
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