Kenya’s GMO Plans Disrupted, but Ethiopia Pushes Forward With Testing

by Digital Brainiacs
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The Kenyan government’s move to import Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for human consumption has faced a setback as the appellate court ruled the move is contrary to the public interest. The appellate court declined the government’s appeal until the interests of the public are heard.

On Thursday, May 25, 2023, a panel of three appellate judges, including Justice Mohammed Warsame, Ali Aroni, and John Mativo, stated the application by Kenya’s Attorney General Justin Muturi “lacked merit,” adding that “the public interest test was not met,” according to local media.

The use of GMOs has been controversial in many African nations, including Kenya. Critics argue that GMOs could potentially pose risks to human health and the environment. While Kenya faces legal hurdles in its attempt to import GMOs, Ethiopia takes a proactive approach to GMO adoption by testing genetically modified crops. However, concerns remain over the potential health and environmental risks of GMO products, both in Kenya and…

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