Group Holds Anti-GMO Demo Today

The Coalition for Farmers Rights and Advocacy Against GMOs (COFAM), a grassroots movement of farmers, labour unions, religious, political and civil society organisations will hold a public demonstration against the introduction of Genetically Modified Foods and the Plant Breeders’ Bill today.

The demonstration, which is planned to coincide with today’s  resumption of Parliament and the possible debate of the Bill, is to draw public attention to the implications of the Bill on public health, wealth, and sovereignty.

The demonstration is expected to start from the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle at 9 a.m. and end at the Arts Centre in Accra.

A statement issued by the Communications Department of COFAM said the Plant Breeders’ Bill currently at the consideration stage before Parliament “is all about the imposition of GMOs into the food chain without public awareness, discussion or public participation in that decision”.

It said the bill is designed to preempt the laws of Ghana and prevent farmers from freely saving, using and sharing seed from season to season; adding that, the ultimate result of the bill would be to put Ghana’s food supply into the hands of foreign corporations.

The statement said the general public is invited to participate in this show of solidarity with Ghanaian farmers.

“This demonstration will ensure people’s right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods and to help resist the theft, destruction and loss of the Commons of our natural and indigenous resources, by means of laws, commercial contracts and intellectual property rights regimes,” it said.

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