Angola bans genetically modified imports (24/1/2005)

Angola bans genetically modified imports
Independent Online, January 24 2005 at 06:41PM

Luanda - Angola has banned the import of all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) except for food aid destined to feed its hungry, state run news agency Angop reported on Monday.

"The decree establishes the prohibition of the introduction into (Angola of) any variety of transgenic or genetically modified seeds and grains, except those destined for food aid," Angop said after the decision by the Council of Ministers.

Nearly three years since a 27-year civil war ended in April 2002, around a million Angolans still rely on United Nations food handouts for their survival.

The United Nations has embarked on a vast project to distribute seeds to rural areas to help families become self-sufficient.


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