Zimbabwe Says It Won’t Accept GMO Corn for Drought Relief

Zimbabwe will inspect all corn imported as emergency food aid to check that it’s not genetically modified, agriculture minister Joseph Made told lawmakers Wednesday.

The government remains opposed to GM crop imports and “may later consider such purchases provided it is trucked directly to millers under security escort,” Made said. A ban on genetically modified seed-corn won’t be lifted, he said.

About 2.4 million Zimbabweans are likely to need emergency food aid this year as the country experiences its worst drought in almost two decades.

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