Ten years after they were outlawed, President William Ruto’s decision to reintroduce genetically modified goods (GMOs) has continued to draw criticism from a variety of sources.
In response to an increase in cancer cases, a group of specialists expressed alarm about the effects of growing GMO food.
The National Coordinator of Biosafety and Biodiversity Association, Anne Maina, highlighted that the reintroduction is disturbing in light of the health issues associated with GMO consumption in other countries.
She further cautioned that the enormous costs associated with treating cancer and other ailments connected to what she claimed to be toxic food would put Kenya at risk of destabilization due to GMOs.
Prof. Richard Oduor, a biotechnology specialist, has a different opinion about the return of GMOs.
The researcher claims that despite the prohibition being in place, incidences of cancer have been observed in the last 10 years.
In addition, he said that, in contrast to the fears spread by certain Kenyans, GMOs may provide a cure for cancer.
The restriction, which had been in effect since 2012, when then-former president Mwai Kibaki was in office, was decided to be lifted on Monday by the president and members of the departing cabinet. The choice was made as one of the policies the new administration decided to deal with the ongoing drought in some areas of the nation.