First genetically modified crop to be sold in 2014?
According to The East African, Uganda might be the first country to bring GM crop to the market. According to Mr Yona Baguma, senior research officer at the National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO), they are now doing tests on bananas, cassava, maize, cotton and potatoes. This move will provide Ugandans food security while given them an opportunity to do worldwide export. However, the process have been rather slow as the general public still hold fears of yet unknown effects of crops on humans.
Currently, the 5 leading countries in developing biotech crops are China, Brazil, Argentina, Latin America, and South Africa, which together make up a significant percentage of the world’s population. Till date, both India and China have been rather successful in the cultivation of GM cotton.
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