Call to Stop Using Africans As GMO Guinea Pigs

By Heather CallaghanEditor

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa is calling for an immediate halt on imports to South Africa of Monsanto’s high-risk second-generation gene-silencing GM maize meant for human consumers.

African Center for Biodiversity reports:

In an open letter to African biosafety regulators, AFSA rejects and condemns US corporation Monsanto’s plan to exploit millions of Africans as unwitting human guinea pigs for their latest genetic engineering experiment. AFSA also condemns the IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) field trial application in Nigeria using this same risky technology to produce GM cassava for the agro-fuels industry.

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These GM applications target staple foods of maize and cassava, eaten by many millions of Africans every day. AFSA’s open letter states, “Scientists have reported that the untested gene-silencing effect is able to cross over into mammals and humans, and affect their genetic makeup with unknown potential negative consequences, and have called for long-term animal testing and stronger regulation before this goes ahead.”

The technology that the AFSA is referring to is the controversial RNAi. They are demanding the use of RNAi tech to be adamantly banned while the risks remain and for regulators in South Africa and Nigeria to reject the import of GE maize and field testing of GE cassava root.

Monsanto will not leave Africa alone. Recently, Burkina Fasa’s cotton input went up 20% by switching back to conventional cotton. Perhaps it struck fear in Big Ag and perhaps that’s why a recent and ridiculous opinion piece circulated to African readers literally telling them that “GMOs are magic.

Is it not just with GMOs that Africans are treated like America’s personal guinea pigs. Third-world countries are especially vulnerable to Western interests.

With the cacophonous media antics regarding U.S. racial tensions and feminism, it’s easy to be distracted from the glaring eugenics-based actions America has taken toward unsuspecting Africans. From vaccines with hidden sterility mechanisms to letting Bill Gates test remote controlled sterilization human bio-chips on the women there.

Isn’t it time our government and corporations left Africa alone?

To echo AFSA: These grave threats to the health and well being of African peoples must be recognized, understood and resisted.

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 favorite-velva-smallHeather Callaghan is an independent researcher, writer, speaker and food freedom activist. She is the Editor and co-founder of NaturalBlaze as well as a certified Self-Referencing IITM Practitioner.

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