25 June 2012

Zambia: Involve Universities in GMOs Study

A VISITING professor from the United States Calestous Juma has urged the Zambian Government to engage local universities in the study of Genetically Modified Foods (GMO's).

Prof Juma from Harvard Kennedy School of Government said in Lusaka yesterday that it was important that the Government engaged universities in the study of genetically modified foods, saying advantages outweighed the disadvantages.

This was during a two-day training on Innovation for Economic Development organised by The Science, Technology and Innovation Programme at the Common market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) secretariat and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government held at Lusaka's Intercontinental hotel.

He said Finland in developing its mobile industry engaged universities and that was how it managed.

Prof Juma said the government should engage universities to carry out studies on GMO's other than engaging activists who had agendas.

He said there were over 30 countries world over that were engaged in growing GMOs including the United States (US), Canada, China, The Phillipines and South Africa (SA).

"There are a number of countries that are currently engaged in BIO agriculture and there is evidence that there are a number of benefits than disadvantages. To give an example, when mobile phones were introduced in 1983 in the United States, there were misgivings but they were discovered that they had a number of benefits. "And so if people had given up, we would not have.

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