By Christopher Chisi
The Zambia Alliance for Agro-Ecology and Biodiversity (ZAAB) has insisted that the consultation process on the importation of the products that may contain Genetically Modified Organisms is not adequate while the permits do not represent the majority of the Zambian people who have little understanding on the impact of consuming GMO foods.
The organization’s comment is in reference to the decision by the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) to grant four companies namely gatbro distributors pick n pay, Southern National Import and Export Limited and Choppies Super Stores market new permits to import products that may contain genetically GMOS amid opposition from stakeholders.
NBA Chairperson Dr Paul Zambezi explained that among the products which Gatbro intends to import include instant Porridge, Bokomo Cornflakes, Bisto and Knorr Soups.
While Pick N Pay will bring in 72 different varieties of food and feed but, Juliet Nangamba who is (ZAAB) Board Member feels if the law was to be duly followed the permits would not have been granted.