Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) has called on the government to be coherent on its policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
FSG, a food safety campaigner, has also urged the government to be vigilant against deceptive media messages on alleged benefits of GMO introduction into Ghana’s food chain.
“We find it interesting that the minister [for Food and Agriculture] has made a one-eighty degree turn on his position on GMOs but we would like to see the government speak in one voice in the same manner as the minister did recently,” FSG said in a statement issued on March 31.
The Daily Graphic newspaper last week reported the Minister, Dr. Akoto Owusu Afriyie, as describing GMOs as a controversial subject which a section of the Ghanaian society is seriously against.
He told a meeting of 19 African country directors of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Accra that “indeed, we don’t need it,” because Ghana is sufficient in terms of improved seeds.
FSG says the comments by the minister “is a sign that the government is feeling the push-back from the Ghanaian public. This is happening at a time that the GM lobby has been intensifying its pro-GMO campaign activities involving local scientists, media personnel and some farmers.
“The Ghanaian public has clearly seen through such efforts, and are asking the right questions. Dr. Afriyie cannot extricate himself from the GMO debacle without clarifying the official position of his own ministry on the matter,” the food safety campaigners challenged in the release.