Ethiopia OKs biosafety bill
Ethiopia’s Parliament has approved a biosafety bill regulating genetically modified crops this month, the Ethiopian Review newswire reports. The government’s Environment Council approved the draft legislation, after which it was granted full government approval before passing to Parliament. The Environmental Protection Authority drafted the legislation. It will shortly set up a biosafety clearing house, keeping records of GMO specialists in order to monitor activities and listing approvals and rejections of products for import or export, the newswire adds. The burden of proof in risks of “irreversible harm” to human health and the environment will fall on “on those who would advocate” use of the GMO. The Council was set up two years ago under the chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister.