The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), an NGO, has stated that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) foods are neither harmful nor poisonous for consumption.
The Regional Head of the AATF, Dr. Issoufou Abdourhamane, made this assertion on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that there has yet to be any proven evidence that proves that GM foods are harmful.
He pointed out that advanced countries had been consuming GM foods for over 20 years without harm coming to them.
“There are a group of people, their philosophy and their religious beliefs say that people should not eat GMOs, and they have been fabricating these stories and putting them in the media.
“In South Africa, people have been eating GM cotton oil and even with the cotton seed. There’s a special meal they make with the cotton cake because GM food is scrutinised for safety.
“In the U.S alone you have three institutions involved in scrutinising GM and analysing it.
“And if in the process, they see even a hint that there will be a problem, the U.S Food and Drug Administration will immediately stop the process,’’ Abdourhamane said.
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He explained further that if there was a hint of safety issues regarding GM crops, the appropriate bodies immediately delve into the issue.
One of such scenarios, he said, was in a case where biosafety stopped the addition of protein content to one of the GMO crops over allergy concerns.
“They told the processors to stop. So any time anything which looks like causing problem in human beings, the project is stopped no matter how mighty the investment,” he said.
The AATF Regional Head stressed that there was a very high safety standard placed on GM foods.