This track asks the basic question: why are people hungry? It also looks at why obesity is increasingly becoming a problem in the world today. HOMEF works in the paradigm of food sovereignty and exposes the false premises of food aid and its exploitative and contaminating linkages
The need for public consultation and participation in the approval processes of applications that directly affect the people’s health and well-being cannot be over stressed. Many issues surround the matter of our food and agricultural modern biotechnology that require clarifications and in-depth interrogations. These include legal frameworks that can impeded the achievement of the right to safe and nutritious food.GMOsBiosafetyHOMEFLawyers
Should science not be to the advantage of society? Does science always serve the public interest? These were among the questions posed at the media training on Biosafety organised by HOMEF in Abuja recently. The answers to these questions may be obvious, but the training session went ahead to address the contentious question on whether science was being used in the public’s interest in matters of food safety in Nigeria.BiosafetyNIgeriaHOMEFMediaHungerenvironmentscience
For two days, HOMEF and allies engaged the media and with lawyers in Abuja, Nigeria, on issues of biosafety and genetic engineering. Many questions were raised and strategies to push for safe and wholesome foods were drawn up. We share here the welcome words by the Director of HOMEF. He argued that this matter has intergenerational implications and that lapses have consequences for Nigerians yet unborn. He noted that laws are not cast in concrete and that the right to safe and nutritious food is a universal right. Genetic engineering in agriculture challenges that right by the creation of novel organisms, dependence on toxic chemicals and abridgement of the rights of farmers to preserve and share seeds and to stay free from contamination.
Monsanto Tribunal has released its findings. They show starkly that Monsanto’s activities undermine basic human rights and that victims of multinational corporations need better protective regulations. The Tribunal also holds that international courts should recognize ecocide as a crime. Read the full press release from Seed Freedom.
The task of ensuring that science responds to popular needs of society should be the major challenge that scientists have to overcome. While that task is met regularly, the issue of presenting science in a way that citizens can easily grasp can be daunting. Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), the ecological think tank, hosted media practitioners in Benin City recently at a training focusing on Biosafety and agricultural modern biotechnology in particular.BiosafetyGMOsNIgeria
Download, read and use our Fact Sheet on Biosafety and GMOs in Nigeria here.
The committee was at pains explaining to the two agencies that, in carrying out their work, they must understand that the critical baseline is the interest of Nigerians and our environment and not that of any commercial or political interest- no matter how powerful. The two agencies could not convince the expert committee that they had enough tools to adequately carry out their tasks. Among other things, the committee also saw that NABDA was functioning more as a GMO advocacy agency rather than engaging in useful research, while the Biosafety Management Act itself requires urgent radical review.GMOsBiosafetyFoodagricultureenvironment
The Nigerian Bar Association in Edo State and HOMEF held a stakeholders meeting on the National Biosafety Management Act (2015) in Benin City. At the end of deliberations, they raised critical issues and concerns with regard to GMOs and the Biosafety Management Act. They also brainstormed on the increased aggressive push of the biotechnology companies in partnership with their local collaborators in Nigeria to ensure favourable legislations as a step towards unleashing their products and commodities on Nigerian. They cited several fault-lines in the permissive NBMA Act requiring that the entire Act be urgently reviewed and the GMO permits issued withdrawn.
The controversy surrounding the 260 km Superhighway proposed by the Cross River State government (CRSG) of Nigeria will not go away. Notably, the bulldozing of forests, farmlands and sundry properties commenced last year without an approved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Curiously, the government issued an edict dispossessing individuals and communities of lands lying within an incredible 10 km width on either side of the proposed superhighway.Genderdeforestationminority rightsClimate changedispalcements
This ‘high caliber’ group of scientist came to their conclusion by, and I quote: “The academy’s stance was informed by existing evidence from the industrialised countries, which have carefully followed laid-down principles for such activities.”
One must then question the relevance of the Academy of Science. Especially scientists that are not even curious to research the works of several scientists that have highlighted the ills associated with GMO food consumption. GMOs have been in circulation for over 20years and there is good reason why they are still enmeshed in so much controversy...
Why is NAS a stakeholder in GMO? Are they not supposed to be an independent organisation responsible for helping the advancement of science and technology? Does their stakeholder position not introduce some sort of bias favouring GMOs already?