Monday, June 27, 2016

Introduction of GMO foods in Nigeria: is it safe?

What do you need to know about GMO foods in Nigeria? Is it safe? What are pros and cons of GMO foods? Find out useful facts in this article and save your health!
What do Nigerians know about GMO foods?  A small study was conducted only seven years ago among Nigerian scientists. According to its results, there was low awareness about GMOs amongst participants. However, everything has changed.  Awareness of GMOs has grown with the internet connectivity and the explosion of social media in Nigeria. Interesting to know that, resentment and resistance also have grown.

GMO cons

Opponents of GMOs in Nigeria think that GMOs have plenty disadvantages. There are many reasons why Nigeria should not support genetic engineering of food.
First of all, it is damage that GMO plants and agricultural practices have caused to biodiversity.
Secondly, it is the dependency on foreign companies that is created.
Thirdly, they say about potential negative health consequences of consuming GM food.
Fourthly, they call GMOs “the Monsanto Poison.” Monsanto’s role in the creation of Agent Orange is another reason for the mistrust of the GMO initiative in Nigeria. GMO critics say Monsanto’s Agent Orange was used in targeting food crops as part of a starvation campaign, destroying an estimated 10 million hectares of agricultural land.
In addition, conspiracy theorists are sure that GMO initiative is part of a grand scheme to depopulate the developing world. In a National Security Memorandum obtained from the U.S. National Archives, Dr. Henry Kissinger wrote: “Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World”.

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