Biotech Updates

Pakistan Environment Minister Calls for GMOs in Agriculture

May 16, 2008

Considering the food scarcity in the country and its future impact, the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture will not only increase  yields but also reduce the need for more farmlands, irrigation facilities, and pesticide use.This statement was made by the Federal Environment Minister Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi, to participants of a seminar on "Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) - Applications and Implications", organized by the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) and the National Biosafety Centre (NBC) in Islamabad. The Federal Environment Minister added that while these benefits could boost the economy and provide food security, there are perceived fears like health and environmental implications, which need to be looked at. Proper risk assessment procedures should therefore be made.

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