The former leader of the Peasant Farmers’ Association, Ghana’s primary anti-GMO farmers group, has switched sides to adopt a pro-GMO position.
Mohammed Adams Nasiru attributed his shift to receiving accurate information on agricultural biotechnology from the scientific community.
Nasiru was national president of the Peasant Farmers’ Association of Ghana for almost a decade, from 2005 and 2014. He had previously backed the association’s anti-GMO stance, and as recently as 2013 had publicly expressed fears about “taking those kinds of food.”
But Nasiru now disagrees with the group. “A lot of us were misled into believing GMOs are bad, but now I know the truth. I am very comfortable with GMOs… I don’t think there is any harm in going with GMOs,” he said.
He claims those engaged in the anti-GMO activities are doing so because of the money they earn from such activities and don’t seek the larger interest of farmers. “The campaign earlier was done by people getting money from somewhere and getting onto the street to make noise. But after this noise, we have met the scientific community in Ghana and outside. Some of us have understood what they are trying to explain. Those kicking against the technology have their own parochial interests,” he said. Read more