As beneficial as the proponents of genetically modified food say the modified food is, many have pointed out that the harm and the dangers to health and the environment of genetically modified food, are too serious for Africa; as desperate and hungry as many Africans are, to allow and accept modified food - they say - would only endanger Africa more. From AFP:
- Genetically-modified crops face stiff opposition from green lobbyists and media in developed countries, and campaigners reflect those attitudes in promoting traditional farming techniques in Africa, said Professor David King.
- "The Western world move toward organic farming -- a lifestyle choice for a community with surplus food -- and against agricultural technology in general and GM in particular, has been adopted across the whole of Africa, with the exception of South Africa, with devastating consequences," he said.
It would be better and more beneficial to Africa, if only Africans, leaders in particular, would vigorously support and encourage traditional African farming methods, farming methods that have supported generations of Africans before; and properly and wisely use the abundant natural resources that many African countries have - Africa won't need to turn to modified food. And become dependent on a few, foreign, biotechnology multinational companies. It would shackle Africa with only more chains; chains similar to those of the IMF and the World Bank.