SOUTH AFRICANS WARNED TO BRACE FOR MORE GENETICALLY MODIFIED MAIZE

South Africans opposed to genetically modified (GM) maize should brace themselves for more such grain to soon form part of the staple food in the country, says a cereals trade organization.

The South African Cereals and Oilseeds Trade Association (Sacota) says there is an agreement between the country and the United States for importing genetically-modified white and yellow maize from the US to meet local demand.

Sacota Executive Director De Wet Boshoff said here Wednesday that almost 90 per cent of the country's maize is genetically modified and this is therefore not a new phenomenon to the country.

Importing more genetically modified food into the country has been met by much scepticism, as some organizations have raised strong views against such crops.

Boshoff said genetically modified maize is safe because of the intense scientific testing and verification processes it goes through.

He is confident that GM products have gone through all the necessary steps and processes to make them suitable for human consumption.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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