GMOs Stir Controversy In Ghana Parliament

The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Edward Doe Adjaho has directed the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to conduct wider consultations with interest groups on the plant breeders’ bill which many have described as a conduit for the introduction of genetically modified Foods into the country.

The Speaker in his directive to the Committee indicated that the Biosafety Act 2011 made provisions for the establishment of a regulatory body, the National Biosafety Authority to take care of most of the concerns raised in several petitions on GMOs.

He also asked the Committee to ensure an adequate level of protection in the field of safe development transfer, handling and use of GMO’s resulting from biotechnology that may have an adverse effect on health and the environment.

The Plant Breeders’ Bill 2013 is at the consideration state and even before Parliament reconvened on Tuesday some farmers had protested in Accra.

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