Gov’t Temporarily Blocked from Importing and Distributing GMO Food and Crops

The Kenyan Peasants League, a social movement, filed a petition in the Kenyan High Court, which has now prohibited the government from importing or distributing genetically modified (GMO) crops and food until the matter is heard and decided.

In reaction to the worst drought in the East African region in 40 years, Kenya removed its ban on genetically modified crops. Officials hoped that doing so would increase crop production and food security.

After presiding over a cabinet meeting, President William Ruto’s administration released a statement outlining the lifting of the prohibition as part of the drought response.

The Kenyan Peasants League, a social movement, filed a petition in the Kenyan High Court, which has now prohibited the government from importing or distributing genetically modified (GMO) crops and food until the matter is heard and decided.

In reaction to the worst drought in the East African region in 40 years, Kenya removed its ban on genetically modified crops. Officials hoped that doing so would increase crop production and food security.

After presiding over a cabinet meeting, President William Ruto’s administration released a statement outlining the lifting of the prohibition as part of the drought response.

The Cabinet reportedly took into account a wide range of suggestions for adapting to climate change, lessening Kenya’s reliance on rain-fed agriculture through enhanced irrigation, and planting a varied and drought-resistant crop mix.

There have been a variety of responses to the removal of the ban around the nation, with Azimio Leader Raila Odinga, among others, declaring that he will battle GMOs in court and on farms throughout the nation.

When he was Kenya’s prime minister, Raila backed the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but he now believes that fresh knowledge has come to light since then, much of it adverse to GMOs.

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