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UN WFP calls on Zambia to debate GMOs

The UN World Food Programme has urged the Zambian government “to reopen the debate” on the use of genetically modified crops, the national newspaper, the Post, reports. WFP country director Pablo Recalde told the Post that the issue of GMOs was political but needed to be debated at length so that the people could benefit from them. “The world is under threat from climate change, the production of food globally may go down and a lot of people would be affected,” the director claimed. To mitigate the effects of possible food shortage, countries may have to consider investing in GMOs, he added. Zambia's Parliament has passed a law to exclude genetically modified crops from the country in 2007 ( Agrow No 518, p 20). The country upheld a GM food ban the previous year, despite food shortages ( Agrow No 487, p 17). It is a signatory to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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