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Kenya Bans All GMO’s


Posted on December 10, 2012 by Akashma Online News

by Marivel Guzman

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and East Africa's most populous city (3.5 million).

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and East Africa’s most populous city (3.5 million).

The ministry of health has undertaken to commission a study to determine whether or not genetically modified foods are harmful to human beings. The ministry was tasked by the cabinet about two weeks ago to provide scientific proof over the safety of GMOs. Speaking at a press briefing at Afya House , the minister for public health and sanitation Beth Mugo said that the ban on importation of GMOs remains until conclusive studies are complete.

In a surprising act of courage , Public Health Minister Beth Mugo of the Kenyan government has announced on National Television that Kenya has completely banned the importation of all genetically modified (GMO) food into the country, until exhaustive tests on health effects are complete.

Stressing that the decision was taken from genuine concern for Kenyans’ health, the move by the Public Health Minister follows a directive by the ministry for GMOs to be banned, until the necessary information about their impact on health can be verified.
According to Dr Silas Obukosia, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Africa Harvest , the move was misinformed and likely to deny Kenya the opportunity to increase food production through modern technology. He said that this may affect efforts by universities to enhance their biotechnology programs if the decision by the minister is not annulled.

Again Monsanto involved in biotechnology experimentation in Kenya.
Monsanto unveils new BioDirectTM biological technology, our first foray into biological products.

This study does not include Animal feed which it is Genetically Modified. And does not include the GMO’s produced in Kenya.

Will this mean that Monsanto Kenya is out of business?

According to Monsanto Kenya 2011 report: “In 2011, we made great progress to our goals around sustainability, engaging with many stakeholders and working in partnership with organizations around the world. I’m pleased to present you with Monsanto’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report which outlines recent work in this area”  Really nothing in concrete can be seen on the country where poverty and starvation is one of the highest in Africa.

GMO Ban in Kenya

“As the population continues to increase, so does the demand for valuable resources. Monsanto is working for a better tomorrow by putting the right tools in the hands of farmers today. By equipping growers with better seeds, we can help protect our natural resources, fight hunger, improve nutrition and provide economic benefits to everyone involved in an improved system of agriculture.” Monsanto  2110 Report

What we are talking about here is that Monsanto measure Kenya agriculture growth solely on its sales of Modified Seeds, and their biotechnology which acording to the New Law in Kenya will be banned immediately. Well not so fast, this Law is clear on announcing the “All imports of GMO’s are banned”. This is double mirror news, because most of the GMO’s are not imported to Kenya, they are produced in Kenya. Monsanto Kenya is responsible for the production of Millions of Genetically Modified Seeds that will produce tons of GMO’s in the country.

Monsanto goes on to say in their report that part of thier continuous journey is also exemplified through their commitment to the UN Global Compact and The Ten Principles relating to the areas of human rights, labor practices, environmental protection and combating corruption. According to their 2011 report that includes the second installment of their actions supporting the Global Compact and a special update on their human rights activities.  But then we the Poverty.org assuring us that Kenya is child labor it is a social problem.

Child labor – Obstacle to education

Child labor was introduced in Kenya during the colonial era. Too many issues currently fuel child labor to solve it overnight: poverty in rural areas and city slums; HIV/AIDS, which orphaned over 1 million children; conflicts; domestic violence; and traditional practices such as sending children to herd cattle or to be married at an early age.

Not to mention the kids who are forced by adults to either break into houses or smuggle illegal goods. Or those who are simply forced into prostitution.

Raising awareness about child poverty in Kenya

It’s only recently that people have become more aware of the importance of sending children to school as a long term investment. This is true for the media, policy makers, parents and … children themselves!

For the past 20 years successive governments have been implementing national policies and economic measures to tackle child labor via reducing poverty in Kenya and especially adult unemployment.

The current government has also created a system of grants and development funds in order to support children from poor families. This will nonetheless depend on how well the country does economically in the years to come if it is to sustain such public expenses. Poverty. org

Monsanto operates in 444 facilities in 66 countries. Not only Kenya has a Monsanto facility, but Kenya headquarters  Monsanto Africa.

Monsanto Kenya
Tuskys head office complex
Mombasa Road
P.O. Box 47686, 00100 Nairobi
Tel: +254 20 2060922/44, 020 3574301-4
Fax: +254 20 823086
Cell: +254 722 205294/529, +254 733 600 468/629 414

Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Division
P.O. Box 47686, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
T. +254 20 2060922/44 3574301-4

So what is it in reality what the Minister of Health banned?

Here is a list of crops Monsanto invests in day after day in Africa and around the world.

    • Alfalfa: Genuity® Roundup Ready® Alfalfa provides in-plant tolerance to Roundup® agricultural herbicide. Fewer weeds means it provides high-quality forage and hay.
    • Canola: Genuity offers the Roundup Ready® trait in both spring and winter canola. This trait is a tool for farmers to help manage weeds and increase yield potential, creating a win-win on their farm.
    • Corn: For farmers today, it’s all about getting the most yield out of every acre of corn, while using as few inputs as possible. Monsanto’s corn traits help farmers do this by providing cutting-edge technology that protects the plant’s yield.
    • Cotton: Today, cotton growers are benefiting from second-generation and stacked trait technologies, which provide more levels of protection. Genuity® Bollgard II® with Roundup Ready® Flex represents Monsanto’s newest wave of innovation with two second-generation traits stacked into one seed.
    • Sorghum: Sorghum is an efficient crop in the conversion of solar energy and more drought-tolerant than other crops such as corn and soybeans. Monsanto continues to research and develop new hybrids to fit growers’ needs.
    • Soybeans: Whether it’s a higher yielding soybean that provides a broad spectrum of weed control with the Roundup Ready® system or a soybean plant that helps reduce trans-fatty acids, Monsanto has a lot to offer soybean farmers.
    • Sugarbeets:  Fewer herbicide applications, increased yields and more sugar content all make Genuity Roundup Ready® sugarbeets attractive to many farmers.
    • Wheat: Since acquiring the WestBred brand in 2009, Monsanto has initiated an intensive effort to incorporate breakthrough breeding technologies – developed and deployed with notable success in other row crops – in wheat.

There is another side of the story developing in Kenya Feed The Future it is a US Organization under the umbrella of  US Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative that help local farmers to increase their yield.

“Through a five-year project under Feed the Future, the company helps smallholder farmers access improved varieties of crops, increase their use of fertilizer, and learn improved soil and water management techniques” Feed the Future

How will the US government help the farmers to access “improved varieties of crops”?, there is only one way, thru the use of Genetically Modified Seeds obtained under the license of Monsanto. So if the US government has the ability to deliver Seeds to Kenya under the guise of Aids, it means also that the import of GMO’s will enter Kenya regardless of the Ban.

The US government is not an entity but a conglomerate of  individuals working for their own agendas. Why will congress will allocate millions of dollars into a foreign programs? Unless these foreign programs are funded by corporations operating in those countries that will be benefit by the infusion of capital.
Take for example World Bank that it is associated with policies that work against the well being of the citizens of the country that will take the loan. Loans usually attached to conditions well beyond the control of the third world country government once the loan is taken.
If  a third world country is forced to buy grains as a conditions to get the loan, it is because the Agribusiness in the US are behind the policies that will lead to the Aid to this country. It does not takes a genius to figure out the outcome of this condition. US agribusiness are giants subsidized by the Federal Government producing tons of grains per harvest, versus third world countries yielding small crops.

Another important aspect to take in consideration in Kenya is the level of government corruption. Politicians in Kenya are among the highest paid on earth, despite the fact that many of their constituents are poor, unemployed and undernourished. Corruption is one of the country’s most serious problems, with both taxes and international aid often lining private pockets instead of filling public coffers. If the importers of GMO’s are big Traders with big packets, there is little chance that this Ban will be successful.

We have to see the positive side of the News. This Ban is the culmination of the effort of concerned citizens seeking accountability from Monsanto practices. We could expect that this Ban follow other studies on GMO. Food is just one tiny aspect of Monsanto business. Soil Modification, Water treatment, Fertilizers, Herbicides are just few of Monsanto intrusive technology.

Read More on Monsanto…..

Monsanto have been modifying genes for 30 years, that we know. There is a short list known to the scientific community, and to the governmental agencies in charge of controlling its activities. But really Monsanto have been honest to the world? Does it planned since the beginning the seize of life on Earth. Did it do it with all premeditation and advantage to control and monopoly the seeds production and/or the food supply?

This are not easy questions to answer without being being puzzled by worry and grieve for our future. The farmers that have suffered already the unfair practices of Monsanto and the controversial rulings of the courts around the world, know better. Monsanto more dangerous than war itself

There is more that United Nations Control, the World Bank and the International Monetary fund, two weapons of war that makes the poorer countries pry of the Rich Global Corporations that in agreement with the United Nations get their pawns into the national resources of the countries and manage their internal sociology-economical and political policies, keeping the entire population subject to poverty and addicted to public welfare that it is at the same time another Corporate strategy to control the population.

For over 50 years The Men Behind the curtain or Elite, have been working diligently to establish a One Central Office of Power where they can manage the Affairs of Earth.

For years the use of the New World Order wording was sounding more like conspiracy theory than any other thing, because the propaganda machine that controls whats gets out to the people had the Project Under Wraps. By now the Centralized Office of the United Nations is at full control of Earth and little can be say that is have not being said before regarding their aims for the human race. Centralized Government

  1. December 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Thanks Jeff, doing my best to raise awareness on issues of interest for the human raze and our Mother Earth.

    Like

  2. dakota1955
    December 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    GREAT essay Marivel ~Jeff Prager Saturday, Dec 15, 9:30am

    Like

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