Kenya Approves Cultivation, Importation of Genetically Modified Crops

Kenya Approves Cultivation and Importation of Genetically Modified Crops (News Central TV)
Kenya’s President-elect William Ruto speaks after the Supreme Court upheld his win in Nairobi, Kenya September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

Kenya has lifted a restriction that had been in place for ten years due to health concerns, allowing the cultivation and importing of genetically modified crops and animal feeds.

It occurs while a catastrophic drought grips the nation. Millions are going hungry as a result of the worst drought in 40 years.

The administration of President William Ruto has turned to genetically modified crops to assist increase harvests. It claims that the nation needs seeds that are tolerant of pests, illnesses, and drought.

Due to worries about potential health dangers, the import and manufacturing of GM crops were prohibited ten years ago.

The United States, which is home to large producers of genetically modified seeds, strongly disagreed with the decision.

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The government of Joe Biden launched a new cooperation with Kenya in July, which included a pledge to increase trade in the agricultural sector.

Some people are concerned that farmers would become overly dependent on regulations set by foreign, private firms despite the possibility of higher harvests.

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