Women Environmental Programme joined Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and other Civil Society Organizations to stage a peaceful protest against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to the National Assembly on 7th June, 2017.
GMOs are products of genetic engineering also known as genetic modification (GM). Genetic engineering or modern biotechnology is a technology that allows scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that is not possible via traditional or natural processes. GM technology is not simply an extension of conventional agriculture as it is radically different from traditional plant and animal breeding.
What informed this peaceful protest were the two permits issued to Mosanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited, a biotechnology company by National Biosafety Development Agency (NABDA) for the commercial release and placing on the market of genetically modified cotton, and the confined field trial of maize in Nigeria. These permits were issued despite objections and concerns about safety raised by activists and environmentalists.
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