GM Potato Push in East Africa: Digital Sequence Information and Biopiracy in Centres of Origin (Report)

Genetically modified potatoes may prove lucrative for US and British billionaire investors but are bad news for indigenous peoples and small farmers in Africa and the Andes.

Potato overlords on both sides of the North Atlantic want to see genetically modified (GM) potatoes spread across the developing world, and with the help of the International Potato Center (CIP), they are threatening to release a GM potato in East Africa. But potato farmers in the Andes, the crop’s centre of origin and where GM potatoes are banned, agree with African farmers and civil society that GM potatoes are a bad idea and share their opposition to the project.

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