Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are a hotly contested subject.
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are a hotly contested subject. Some believe it is the solution to malnutrition and hunger in the developing world, or even threat to food sovereignty. Ugandans who eat, on average, a pound of bananas daily, may soon be talking about the subject following the threat of banana wilt disease. Banana wilt was first seen in Uganda in 2001, and neither pesticides nor chemicals have stopped it.Scientists at Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) — which receives funding from the Gates Foundation — created a genetically modified banana by inserting a green pepper gene into the banana’s genome. Currently, no regulation exists around GMOs in Uganda. However, as a signatory of the Cartagena protocol, Uganda is obliged to take a cautionary approach to GMO technology.