Target: Rufus E. Ebegba, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, National Biosafety Management Agency
Goal: Prevent Monsanto from releasing genetically modified strains of cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems.
Monsanto has applied to release genetically modified strains of cotton and maize against the wishes of over 5 million Nigerians including farmers, faith-based organizations, civil associations, students, and community groups. The cotton strain cited in the application to the National Biosafety Management Agency of Nigeria (NABMA) was already released in nearby Burkina Faso and has been classed as a failure, resulting in economic hardship for the cotton sector and compensation claims being made against Monsanto by those adversely affected.
In addition, the strain of maize that will be used in field trials is the glyphosate-resistant type. Glyphosate is a chemical used in one of Monsanto’s popular herbicides, is potentially harmful to the environment and has been linked to health risks such as cancer, degeneration of the liver and kidney, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Furthermore, concerns have been raised about Nigeria’s capacity to monitor and control the risks associated with this chemical and GMO crops in general. Sign this petition and call for NABMA to dismiss Monsanto’s application.
Dear Mr. Ebebga,
Monsanto’s desire to release genetically modified maize and cotton into Nigerian farms and food systems could potentially cause massive damage to the health and livelihoods of millions of Nigerian people. Their track record with previous experiments, the health issues involved with using their products and the fact that Nigeria is not suitably equipped to adequately monitor the risks involved should be major causes for concern. I urge you to dismiss Monsanto’s application outright and protect the people of Nigeria from their predatory practices.
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