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November 18th, 2019 / PML Daily

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:

We should remember that Modern biotechnology is not only about Genetic Modification (GMO) or Genetic Engineering (GE) which the Parliamentary Forum for Ethics and Integrity seems to be vehemently opposed to. Nor is it, really, about ethics and integrity.

Biotechnology is described by scientists as a technology which uses living things or parts of living things to make useful products that benefit mankind and the environment. In agriculture it is used to produce improved plant varieties. It is also used in medicine to produce antibodies and vaccines.

Many countries across the world are using the technology for industrial and economic development. Uganda wants to use modern biotechnology for national development and over the years it has invested heavily in training scientists and construction of state of the art biotechnology laboratories as well as funding research and development of improved crop varieties. Read more …