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Not to be cut out from the global trend, the use of modern technology to enhance food production and ensure adequate food security in Nigeria has generated much controversy over the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) foods.

What is GMOs?

Genetically  Modified Organisms (GMOs) have been defined as organisms, plants, animals or microorganisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating or natural recombination. This technology is called modern biotechnology or genetic engineering. It allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, also between non-related species. And foods produced from or using GMO are often referred to as GMO foods.

A lot has been said about the health implications associated with its use after the pronouncement of the National Biosafety Development Agency, the regulatory body for biotechnology in Nigeria which gave approval to an agriculture company for the commercial release and market placement of genetically- modified cotton and the confined field trial of GMO maize in the country.

How safe are these GMO foods?

The various concerns raised on the health, environmental, socio-economic, technical and administrative, molecular and  safety issues is still begging for answer from the regulatory body to convince the populace on the safety of the foods.

Also there is the issue on safety, environmental risk assessments, secondary pests and insect resistance that had been put before this body to allays peoples fears.

The fears is that GMO foods are unhealthy and studies showed  how GMOs foods could leave genetic materials inside the human body causing long-term damage. Also, it was reported that Genes inserted into GMO soy, maize, yellow cassava (pro-vitamin), yellow yam, tomatoes deceptively called hybrid could transfer into DNA and also bacteria in the gut.

Furthermore, the fear that GMOs would contaminate the environment in Nigeria as GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds could travel tens to hundreds of miles away.

The issue of pesticide used could create monster humans because of genes mixtures.

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Rasaq Oke

Rasaq Oke hold a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Honours degree in Food Science & Technology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. He is a seasoned Food Technologist and Agribusiness expert with wide and rich industry experience that cut across reputable organization like Guinness Plc, Crown Cork and Seal, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (now Neimeth Pharmaceuticals), Livestock Feeds Plc. and Tantalizers Plc. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FOODDOTCOMACADEMY SERVICES, Managing Consultant with RESPITALITY CARE COMPANY (RCC), and Publisher/ CEO of FOODPRENEURS PUBLISHING COMPANY, the publisher of FOODPRENEURNEWS, a print and online food magazine ( Mr. Oke is an accomplished food entrepreneur, consultant, administrator, instructor, and facilitator. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and the Head,-Editorial Board of the NIFST Food Forum Magazine; An Executive Member of the Nigeria Association of Agricultural Journalist (NAAJ). He is an Full Member and Secretary of the Membership, Certification and Education Committee of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD). He a a Media and Communication Consultant to the Lagos State Fadama Coordination Office (SFCO) and the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) in addition to being a Technical Partner to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Authority (LASCOPA). He is married with children and loves playing table tennis as well as travelling.