While speaking with a high-ranking government official in Zimbabwe about GMOs last year, he informed me that in 2009, due to food shortages in the country, the government began allowing the direct importation of GMO grains. As a result, within two years, they noticed a drastic spike in cancer cases.

Consequently, the government decided to ban the importation of GMOs. However, it’s evident that the importation of GMOs from South Africa and other countries by retailers, millers and leading food producers has continued unabated. As a result, Zimbabwe’s cancer rates and deaths have become some of the highest (3rd) in sub-Saharan Africa since 2009.

What is concerning is that many of the countries leading in cancer deaths in Africa, consume GMOs or allow their cultivation, and their food and fast food industries are predominantly controlled by white-owned companies from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Europe and America.

For interest sake, look at the list of countries below that have Zimbabwean and South African leading food brands supplying their fast food and food.

Written by Rutendo Matinyarare, Chairman of ZASM.

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