The Country of Gambia is Now GMO-Free!

Ethan A. Huff | Natural News


Only a couple of years after its Minister of Forestry declared that genetic engineering would most likely eventually make its way into the country, the Gambia in West Africa has now officially been declared to be GMO-free — permanently.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced during his speech at the 2015 State Opening of the National Assembly that GMOs aren't welcome anywhere in the country, ever. The only type of agriculture that will be permitted, he says, is organic, which will sustain the Gambia as a viable exporter of clean, safe food.

According to, Pres. Jammeh remains adamantly opposed to any type of genetic tampering with food in his country. He also maintains that organic agriculture is the only way to ensure food self-sufficiency and national independence in the Gambia, as genetically modified organisms are a Trojan Horse way for multinational corporations to seize control of countries' food supplies.

“I must emphasize here that despite our obsession with becoming a major food exporter after 2016, we will never accept Genetically Modified organisms in our agriculture,” stated Pres. Jammeh during his address. “The Gambia is strictly maintaining organic agriculture for both our consumption and export. … I take this opportunity to hereby declare The Gambia as purely organic agriculture.”

Only chemical-free, independent agriculture is welcome in the Gambia

Part of the Gambia's “Vision 2016” program, which necessitates that all basic food items, especially rice, that are consumed within the country be locally produced, Pres. Jammeh's rejection of GMOs sets a bold precedent for true sustainability. GMOs don't benefit farmers, they don't benefit consumers, and they definitely don't benefit national sovereignty.

Nestled neatly within the West African country of Senegal and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, the Gambia is focused on developing an independent food system that empowers local farmers to grow all of the foods the country needs without becoming entangled in the corporate matrix of chemical agriculture.


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