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Why There Are Concerns About The Newly Approved Genetically Modified TELA Maize In Nigeria

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As reported by the Vanguard News, the Federal Government has approved the genetically modified TELA Maize which was rejected by the United States Government and Kenya for commercial production. This has not gone well with some researchers and health officials who have voiced their concerns about the development. And here are some reasons why there are fears about the newly approved GMOs;

First of all, the genetically modified maize has not been subjected to enough research in the country and the reason it was rejected in those two countries was that it can not withstand drought which is one of the uniqueness of our locally produced seeds. And again, according to the Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria is seen as a dumping ground for junk technologies that have been rejected in other countries, and those who approved the maize do not have the interest of the citizens at heart.

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Away from that, another Agricultural Technologist, Teaching and Research Farm at the University of Ibadan, Mrs Oyetoun Alonge, also condemned the approval and warned that there would be grave aftermaths with the development.

According to her, the negative effects of genetically modified organisms are numerous, consumption of such products could cause Cancer, allergic reaction, antibiotics resistance, immunity problems and infertility. It could also be toxic to the body system.

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Not that only, research has also shown that GMOs can cause new diseases, pests and weeds that could endanger the lives of humans and those of indigenous plant species. Things that the environment is not used to may start occurring.

Further from that, farmers may start to abandon the local crops and opt for this genetically modified maize which can not withstand drought against our local species, what this means is that we may lose our local seeds as time goes on or within the three years certificate issued to TELA Maize. It will overrun the existing species of crops and faze them out.

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Away from that, Nigeria farmers may have to depend on those who modified these crops to solve the new problems that may come with them, which means, we would have to import these technologists to find solutions to the problems that they may not be able to solve.

This new seed should be subjected to further research before it is released to the public for consumption so that we do not invite other health problems to the citizens in the name of feeding them.

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