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  • "This can partly be attributed to low adoption rates of genetically modified (GM) seeds in African countries" The thing about this statement, is how could you possibly have proven it?

    Academic studies from Kansas and Wisconsin state University the Ht corn and Soy technology suffers from 5-10% yield drag because the creation of the new proteins requires energy and data from USDA do not showing increasing yields that these companies promote.

    I've lived in Africa for 5 years and it's clear that the climate is not always beneficial for growing corn. I've seen local farmers stop growing corn and move to crops that were grown traditionally that evolved in Africa and are suited to grow well in the climatic conditions. Getting corn better suited for growing in Africa will not come from GE, it will come from natural selection. Importing GMO corn seeds from North America will be a dismal failure and it's doubtful African farmers won't be protesting in the streets over GMO seeds like Indian farmers ( http://www.france24.com/en/20130705-wb-en-reporters-india-transgenic-cotton-fields-monsanto-farmers-maharastra-state?page=1
    ) as they will not be able to afford the license fees that come with the patented seeds which increase over time nor the cost of the chemicals which have been shown only to reduce the quality of land not improve it. To improve the quality of land they need sustainable methods.


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    "This can partly be attributed to low adoption rates of genetically modified (GM) seeds in African countries" The thing about this statement, is how could you possibly have proven it? Academic studies from Kansas and Wisconsin state University the Ht corn and Soy technology suffers from 5-10% yield drag because the creation of the new proteins requires energy and data from USDA do not showing increasing yields that these companies promote. I've lived in Africa for 5 years and it's clear that the climate is not always beneficial for growing corn. I've seen local farmers stop growing corn and move to crops that were grown traditionally that evolved in Africa and are suited to grow well in the climatic conditions. Getting corn better suited for growing in Africa will not come from GE, it will come from natural selection. Importing GMO corn seeds from North America will be a dismal failure and it's doubtful African farmers won't be protesting in the streets over GMO seeds like Indian farmers ( http://www.france24.com/en/20130705-wb-en-reporters-india-transgenic-cotton-fields-monsanto-farmers-maharastra-state?page=1 ) as they will not be able to afford the license fees that come with the patented seeds which increase over time nor the cost of the chemicals which have been shown only to reduce the quality of land not improve it. To improve the quality of land they need sustainable methods.
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