action/friends of the earth nigeria
africa at risk of invasion from
genetically modified crops - new report
new report exposes the threat of an
invasion of genetically modified crops in
LAGOS, NIGERIA, March 21, 2005 -- A new
report by ERA/Friends of the Earth Nigeria
describing the current threats of an invasion
of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in Africa
was released on March 21st at an
international conference in Lagos.
The report “Genetically Modified Crops: A
challenge for Africa ” unveils new evidence
about the plans of US-based multinational
Monsanto to contaminate the world food supply
with GM crops.
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the
Earth Nigeria, the foremost grassroots
environmental network in Nigeria , today
called on African Governments not to open the
continent's doors GM crops.
The conference on Genetically Modified
Organisms (GMOs) was organized by ERA/FoE
Nigeria and the Third World Network and will
be attended by representatives of academia,
governments, and civil society from more than
ten African countries. During the two days
conference there will be robust discussion on
the potential risks of GMOs for Africa .
The report shows how the pressure to make
Africa accept GMOs has been stepped up in the
whole of Africa in the past years and
describes the risks that GMOs present to the
continent. The pressure is heightened by the
lobbying of African leaders to accept the
genetic modification to purportedly solve
poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.
“After reviewing other experiences around
the globe with the introduction of
Genetically Modified crops in the last
decade, Africa has no choice but to refuse
GMOs. Allowing GMOs in Africa would put the
health, the environment and the livelihoods
of African people at risk”, said Nnimmo
Bassey, Executive Director of ERA/FoE
The report also refers to a leaked document
from US-based multinational Monsanto that
unveils the company's plans to contaminate
the world food supply with GM crops. Monsanto
is the lead marketer of GM seeds in the
world, and its GM crops account for some 90%
of all GM crops on the planet.
for more information contact in
Akinode Oluwafemi (ERA Media): Tel.:+234 803
Nnimmo Bassey (ERA Executive Director):
Tel.: +234 803 727 4395
More information about the GMOs and Africa
Conference, and copies of the report “GM
Crops: A challenge for Africa” are available
The conference venue is: Treasure
Exclusive Hotel, 110 Iju Road , Church
Bus stop, Ifako/Ijaye, Lagos , Nigeria . Tel:
+234 -1-4924384, +234 -802-3530384
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