As­sem­bly wants probe of GMO risks, says re­search stalled and money lost

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

The Na­tional As­sem­bly is propos­ing for­ma­tion of a select com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate Ge­net­i­cally Mod­i­fied Or­gan­isms. In a mo­tion pre­pared by Emuhaya MP Wil­ber Ot­tichilo, the 17-mem­ber com­mit­tee will in­ves­ti­gate and in­quire into all mat­ters re­lat­ing to GMOs. It will re­view all re­lated re­search find­ings and make rec­om­men­da­tions. The team will ta­ble its re­port within three months. The mo­tion says while the gov­ern­ment banned the im­por­ta­tion of GMOs in 2012, no tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence on the dan­gers has been pro­vided. It adds that there is con­cern that the Na­tional Bio-Safety Au­thor­ity es­tab­lished un­der Bio-Safety Act was not in­volved in the de­ci­sion to ban the use of GMO foods. “The coun­try con­tin­ues to lose mil­lions of shillings monthly in lost busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties re­lated to GMO prod­ucts. Re­search on bio-tech­nol­ogy and bio-safety has stalled,” the mo­tion reads.

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