By William Sarpong
Attempt to introduce Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) crops into the country is facing serious resistance from wide coalition of stakeholders including civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG).
The FSG is warning of overwhelming evidence from independent research of GMO having serious negative impacts on health and the environment, despite attempt by strong and well-funded lobbyists to have it legitimized.
The group has therefore called on President Akufo-Addo and his government to reconsider Ghana’s agricultural agenda where GMO seems to be the plan.
“It is extremely worrying that Ghana is losing sight of a clear opportunity that has presented itself for us, which is the growing organic produce market around the world.”
“We hold comparative advantage to exploit this market that was valued globally at $97 Billion as at 2017”.
The press conference was organized in solidarity with hundreds of cities and millions of people around the world against the unethical and destructive corporate practice of Bayer Monsanto.
Bayer Monsanto is the largest agro-chemical entity globally and the lead driver for countries, especially developing ones like Ghana to adopt the GMO technology where seeds have been engineered to tolerate dangerous chemicals like Glyphosate.
FSG, for the past six years, has been advocating against introduction of GMO in Ghana’s agriculture and moved to the law courts in 2015 at the first announcement of plans to introduce commercially modified cowpeas and rice on the Ghanaian market by government agencies.
Presenting the group’s statement, Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour, Communications Director of FSG said it is critical to keep reminding stakeholders of the dangers of doing business with Bayer Monsanto’s products embedded in plans, given the current jurisdiction have found Monsanto liable for damages caused by its flagship product “Round Up” with its toxic and carcinogenic ingredient Glyphosate.
“We repeat our call on the administration of H. E. Nana Akufo Addo to orientate government policy on agriculture towards what all experts are saying: agro ecology.
The technology currently exists that is developing drought-resistant, pest resistant and high yielding crops through traditional breeding and selection.
Market assisted Agro-ecological farming is not only inexpensive and sustainable but far more successful than GMO technology.”