Seminar on GMO Safety

The Inkatha Freedom Party announce that the Human Rights Commission conducted their first seminar into GMOs and their impact on human rights after a complaint lodged by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, supported by the South African Traditional Doctors Union and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).

85% of South African maize (our staple food) and 100% of our soya is currently genetically modified.

IFP spokesperson on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Inkosi Russel Cebekhulu MP said: ‘This seminar and dialogue into the safety of GMOs and herbicides containing the compound Glyphosate, is an important first step and interaction, as we as a country grapple with the controversy surrounding the safety and impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Biotech (BT) foods and the use of the herbicide, Glyphosate, on the health of the human body as well as the impact on the environment.

We were shocked when the representative from the Department of Health informed us that the Department, which is ostensibly responsible for ensuring food safety for all South Africans and for ensuring that our foods will not cause harm when consumed according to their intended purposes, stated that the Department had not conducted any of its own independent studies into the safety of GMOs and herbicides, the reason being given that the Department lacked the financial capacity to do so. Effectively, this means that our Government is shirking its responsibility to our citizens. Many countries around the world, including our BRICS partner, Russia, have banned the importation and cultivation of GM crops, citing serious concerns over their impact on human health.’

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