Ghana's Government Seek Approval of New Law for GMO RegulationsJune 26, 2019
Ghana's government is considering new laws that will facilitate the regulation of genetically modified (GM) food in the country.
The Biosafety (Management of Biotechnology) Regulations 2019, a Legislative instrument, has been introduced in parliament and is currently waiting approval. It operationalizes the National Biosafety Act 2011 which permits the entry of GMOs in Ghanaian markets and sets the functions of the National Biosafety Authority. The document also specifies the committees that will aid the government in regulatory procedures such as application processes, obtaining import and export permits, monitoring and enforcement to ensure the safety of GM foods, and public education on GMOs.
Ghana's Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, Innovation, Dr. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, has expressed his full support for the Biosafety Regulations and appealed to the 275 members of parliament for its approval.
In his memo to parliament, Dr. Boateng underscored the significance of the new law and praised GMOs for its positive impact on agricultural productivity, which has a great potential in addressing the food needs of the country. "The act aims at regulating biotechnology to ensure an adequate level of safety to human health, and the environment in the development, transfer, handling and use of GMOs and also establish a transparent and predictable process in reviewing and making decisions on GMOs in Ghana," he said. Dr. Boateng also stated that modern biotechnology can be utilized to develop drought-resistant food crops and biofertilizers; enhance nutritional value and extend shelf-life of foods; and reduce the use of machinery on farmlands therefore protecting the environment.
For more details, read the news article in Ghana Web.
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Ghana's Government Seek Approval of New Law for GMO Regulations
- Argentina Approves Fifth GM Cotton Trait
- Researchers Analyze the Sweet Potato Proteome
- Non-Browning GreenVenus™ Romaine Lettuce Advances to Commercial Trials in the US
- Indian Farmers Continue Their Efforts to Assert Right to Plant Herbicide Tolerant Cotton Seeds
- Value Assessment Trial of GM Maize Shows Benefits of Biotech
- Scientists Develop Climate-ready Wheat that Can Survive Drought Conditions
- 2019 Eurobarometer Reveals Most Europeans Hardly Care About GMOs
- Evaluation of Biochemical Parameters and Drought Resistance in ZmDREB2A Maize
- Transformation of E. coli Modified gdha Gene into Tobacco Improves Productivity and Stress Tolerance
- Scientists Prove Endophytic Ability of Brevibacillus laterosporus Bacterium in Brassica Plants
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Maize-derived Transcription Factor Expressed in E. coli for Antibodies Production
- CRISPR-Cas9 Used to Edit Wheat Gene to Increase Grain Shape and Weight
- Disruption of Amino Acid Transporter LHT1 Leads to Growth Inhibition and Low Yields in Rice
- Broad Institute Researchers Present CRISPR-based SHERLOCK Platform
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (March 22, 2023)
- Genome Editing Supplement (March 22, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: