Research Centre Hosts Symposium On GMO In Lagos State

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– A symposium hosted by a food research centre in Lagos explored the challenges and opportunities of GMO crops in agriculture.
– Experts highlighted the need for critical evaluation of GMOs and emphasised the importance of sustainable practices like organic farming.

The Center for Food Safety and Agricultural Research (CEFSAR) recently hosted a symposium titled GMO FOODS: Unveiling the Landscapes and Debates beyond the Laboratory in Lagos, Nigeria.

The event brought together diverse stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.

It featured presentations and discussions from experts in agriculture, academia, public health, media, and other relevant fields. They shared insights and research findings on the ethics, societal implications, and potential impacts of GMO technology on factors such as food security, health, and environmental sustainability.

Emphasis on sustainability and responsible practices

A key takeaway from the symposium was the need for critical evaluation of claims regarding GMOs and evidence-based assessments of their impact on agricultural productivity, soil health, and food security. Speakers emphasised the importance of responsible stewardship and the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, including organic farming.

CEFSAR Director, Professor Qrisstuberg Amua, called for a shift towards organic farming, highlighting its potential to benefit future generations’ well-being. The organisation reiterated its committment to promoting dialogue on organic farming and advocating for policies that support sustainable agricultural practices in Nigeria.

Additionally Honourable Bridget Obi, founder of the Children of the Farmers Club NGO, stressed the importance of encouraging younger generations to embrace farming and transitioning towards sustainable practices. She shared her personal experience of successfully using organic farming methods to diversify crops, add value, and even export products.

Dr. Phillip Njemanze, a passionate advocate for an absolute ban on GMO seeds, expressed concerns about the potential health risks associated with their consumption and highlighted the increase in insecticide use despite promises associated with GMOs.

The symposium highlighted the need for ongoing discussion and collaboration among various stakeholders to ensure informed decision-making regarding food production and agricultural practices in Nigeria.

Joseph Akahome
Joseph Akahome
Joseph O Akahome (OJ) is a writer, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature from the University of Benin. He is an avid agriculturist, with a bias for poultry and an insatiable appetite for chicken wings. When he is neither reading nor researching, he likes to spend recreational time playing board games, or swimming in serene forested lakes.

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