Food security lobby groups have opposed government’s plan to introduce genetically modified cotton, noting it is not safe to human beings and animals.

Route to Food Initiative (RFI), Kenya Biodiversity Coalition (KBioC), Africa Biodiversity Network (ABN) and Greenpeace Africa termed the move as untimely and fraught with risks.

Bt cotton is resistant to diseases and offers higher yields, with the government seeking to use the crop to revive the ailing industry and boost manufacturing of textile.

“Why do we want to introduce Bt cotton when the 2012 ban on GM food imports is still in effect,” Anne Maina of KBioC posed, noting the government should look into the health effects GMOs.

Layla Liebetrau, the programmes lead RFI, said the crop would lure farmers into the use of agrochemicals and stands in the way of sustainable solutions, such as ecological agriculture.

Green Peace senior manager Renee Olende said GMO’s are not the solution to food security. “BT cotton failed in Burkina Faso and South Africa throwing farmers into greater poverty, we call upon the government to reconsider its position.” she said.

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