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UK paper exposes NGO spreading GMO rumours in Africa

Workers of the charity, ActionAid, have been undertaking an aggressive campaign against genetically modified crop technology in Africa that misleadingly warns farmers that eating the crops could give them cancer, reports the UK newspaper, The Independent. Workers of ActionAid in Uganda have been showing farmers pictures of rats with tumours as part of its campaign to prevent GM crops being approved in the country. The charity has also commissioned radio commercials warning of the dangers of eating GM foods. The charity makes no mention of the Ugandan anti-GM campaign on its UK website or in its annual report, the report adds. In a statement to the newspaper, ActionAid has said: “That should not have happened and has been stopped. ActionAid’s expertise lies in tackling rural poverty through the promotion of sustainable agriculture. As such, country programmes are asked not to take a position on the health impacts of GMOs.”

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