Africa’s GMO crops – level 3
Farmers in Kenya fear GMO crops will undermine their livelihoods.
After the worst drought in four decades, more than 4 million people are facing acute food shortages. In October 2022, the new government lifted a ban on the cultivation and import of genetically modified maize. According to officials, the change was necessary to boost crop amounts and improve food security.
Organic farmers say GMO crops threaten the sustainable tradition to recycle seeds, and the crops will force maize growers to depend on foreign companies and owners of GMO seeds. Officials applauded the success of the technology in the country’s cotton industry; the industry had collapsed, but after the government allowed GMO varieties in 2019, the industry revived.
Difficult words: undermine (to threaten), acute (serious or extreme), cultivation (the growth of plants for different uses).
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