Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Growing Controversy Over GMO Bananas in Uganda
But the issue has created a firestorm among Ugandan activists, with many claiming genetically modified organisms would be dangerous to human health, the environment and the livelihoods of small-scale farmers.
Giregon Olupot, a soil biophysicist at Kampala’s Makerere University, has been an outspoken critic of the technology.
“There are a range of options that risk to be wiped [out], just by this technology," said Olupot. "With bananas, tissue culture has worked well to engineer healthy plants. You then take these plants to a clean garden and maintain field hygiene. Why are we not giving emphasis to that technology?” Read more >>