Indigenous African Seeds can feed the world sustainably; not Roundup Weed Killer tainted GMOs! New evidence from India shows GMOs are failing…

The month of October 2023 is here and just about gone; the month of December, a festive season is just around the corner. A pertinent question is, what kind of food will you be consuming during the festive season? Safe and healthy food or toxic and unhealthy food?

This month’s article is a continuation from last month’s article; it reminds us that we have a choice on what foods to eat; are we making informed choices on the foods we consume? Do we know the negative or positive effects of these foods on our health and the health of plants and animals?

  • Here is a powerful video that summarizes why Roundup weed killer also called glyphosate is harmful to the entire ecosystem. Most consumers, world over, don’t know that up to 90% percent of all GMOs use this herbicide/pesticide. This is in addition to widespread use in hybrid maize and cotton growing, among other crops, with increasing use over the last three decades, since it discovery and patenting by Monsanto, now Bayer.
  • Have a listen to this video here:
  • The dangers of GMOs and why they are unsafe has been discussed in previous blog articles on this series. Here is a candid discussion by the author of this article, Dr. Peter Mokaya, in Kiswahili, explaining those dangers and safety concerns from growing and consuming GMOs.
  • Regarding new evidence that GMOs have not met the ‘glorious promises’ hyped by scientists and promoters of GMO seeds as the solution to food security and for increasing yields and profits, here is emerging scientific findings, from India, that GMOs are failing.
  • Now that we have shared evidence on why GMO seeds and other more recent gene edited seeds, using CRISPR/cas 9 gene slicing technology, are unsafe and environmentally unfriendly, what are the alternative seeds to feed the world with safe and healthy foods, while at the same time mitigating climate change effects?
  • The only sustainable and cost-effective alternative food system to feed the world sustainably while at the same time addressing almost all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) are regenerative food systems; these approaches embrace agroecological farming systems and include organic agriculture which incorporates use of heirloom seeds and indigenous African seeds.
  • African seeds are resilient and naturally adopted, through natural genetic modification, not only to produce high nutrient content foods but also to enrich the soils without the need for use of fossil fuel manufactured synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Going forward, in celebrating ‘Our Food is African’ here is the rich and wide ranging tapestry of the celebration of Indigenous African seeds in a recent Seeds and Food Fair Event: Enjoy!
  • Thank you. Asante.