Kenya backs farming of Monsanto-created GM crop

Kenya has approved the cultivation a GM variety strand created by Monsanto, the president's office said, the first time such…

Kenya has approved the cultivation a GM variety strand created by Monsanto, the president’s office said, the first time such crops have been allowed in the dynamic East African economy.

The decision by Kenya’s cabinet, announced late Thursday, followed the “successful completion” of five years of field trials, the presidency said.

The cabinet approved the planting of BT cotton, a pest-resistant strain engineered by Monsanto, a seeds and pesticides powerhouse acquired by chemical giant Bayer in 2018.

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