Reverend Prophet Emmanuel Gregory Awayevu Akpanya, an Independent Priest, on Tuesday cautioned Ghana against patronizing Genetically Modified (GM) foods.
He said such foods “upset God’s divine plan for the World” and therefore hazardous to health. Rev.Prophet Akpanya said the trend towards solving the world’s nutritional deficiency through “artificial duress” was similar to the biblical misadventure to build the tower of Babel seen as a symbol of challenge to God’s wisdom.
He said the “diabolical phenomenal” would distort and destroy the eco system with hazardous consequences. Rev. Prophet Akpanya said it was important for developing countries to appreciate nature instead of tampering with it by grafting “both human and plant lives.” “We must eschew confusion of human lives and the vegetation accessories of the eco-system provided by God and exist humbly. We must call a spade, a spade, a female, a female, a male, a male and a plant, a plant rather than calling man, a plant only to call that plant, sooner or later a man,” he said.
Rev. Prophet Akpanya called on the government to “enforce and encourage” conventional agriculture. He asked government to re-visit the state farms concept, which he believes would help create employment and ensure food security.
Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher, a German Scientist, was reported in a Ghanaian daily recently as cautioning against the patronage of GM food.
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