People of Zimbabwe Raise Concern over Biotechnology Law

The Zimbabwean president has given his approval to the controversial National Biotechnology Authority Act which has opened doors for establishing of an authority for regulating industry activities. The Act which was introduced last month caused a lot of hue and cry over government’s policy of embracing biotechnology. A scientist from Harare raised his fear that biotechnology could increase the chances of development of new diseases and lead to activation of genes for plant toxins which cause allergic reactions. The business community expressed their doubts over declining agricultural exports due to this. On the other hand the Biosafety Board has dismissed these doubts and believes that this technology could help the country in minimizing the gap between developed and developing countries.

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