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An Agricultural Economist, Dr. Thaddeaus Thompson, has cautioned the federal government against accepting Genetically Modified Organism, GMO, for food production and security in the agricultural sector, saying it will be a huge mistake.
Dr Thompson made the assertion while considering the food politics played by some agricultural multinationals by luring some African countries to accept GMO seeds for food production and security in order to make huge financial gains at the expense of the health and environment of the people.
He particularly cautioned the Nigerian government to consider gray facts left out in the GMO seeds offered by agricultural giants from America and Europe before making any decision to accept it or not, and said Nigeria lacks the finance and technology to handle the negative side of GM seeds.
He said: “A decision to accept GMO in Nigeria will be a huge mistake, especially at a time when most citizens in developed countries are rejecting them and turning back to the natural way of food production. The consequences of GMO outweigh its benefits and raises concerns that it could harm humans.
“Given that some GMO foods are modified using bacteria and viruses, it is advisable for the Nigerian government not to undermine the concerns that new diseases could emerge and create a health cost that the country cannot handle.
“Developed countries are financially and technologically better prepared to manage a health risk that develops from GMOs than Nigeria could afford. Because genetically modified food production is more focus on financial gains rather than feeding populations, the government must exercise precaution engaging in any contractual deal with the big biotech companies whose interest is making money.
“What Nigeria lacks is excessive technology and not excessive food. Biotech companies make the most gain and not the local farmers. A lot of misleading information has clouded research leaving gray areas around the GMO conversation.”
According to him, GMO technology was designed for mass production of food and would be necessary for countries in famine, which Nigeria is not, and the government should not think of that option to meet the people’s food demands, as there were better and environment friendly food production and secure technologies that could be adopted for mass food production for the teeming population.

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