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NABDA Set To Use Genetically Modified Technology To Achieve Sustainable Environment

The National Bio-technological Development Agency (NABDA) says it is ready to use genetically modified technology to achieve sustainable environment in the country.
The Director-General of NABDA, Prof. Lucy Ogbado, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to her, genetically modified technology allows for a more environmentally-friendly planting technique that cuts down on soil erosion, greenhouse gas emissions and water use.
Ogbadu said that genetically modified technology allowed farmers to use fewer chemicals like pesticides to control insects on their farms.
She told NAN that the technology could also help to produce abundant food to feed the hungry and malnourished in developing nations around the world.
“Statistics have shown that out of every eight people of the world’s growing population, one does not have enough to eat.
“The plants grown using genetically modified technology require fewer pesticides, less water and keep production costs down to reduce the price of crops like corn, soya beans and sugar beets by about 30 per cent.
“Modern medicine, agriculture and industries therefore use biotechnology or its products on a large scale to boost production.
“We are also intensifying efforts to key into this technology to boost food production in Nigeria,’’ she said.
Ogbadu described biotechnology as “any technology that uses living organisms or parts of organisms to derive other products for the benefit of mankind’’.
According to her, many regulatory agencies and organisations that study the safety of food supply have found genetically modified food ingredients to be safe with no associated negative health effects.
Ogbadu listed the regulatory agencies to include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, American Medical Association and World Health Organisation.
Others are Health Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Bio-safety Management Agency (NBMA). (NAN)

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