More Needless Starvation Over GM Corn

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | GM ban ‘threatening Angola aid’
This is smart. Almost all of the corn in the U.S. is GM corn and any donations we make will likely be GM corn. What is the Angolan government thinking?

Almost two million Angolans may face food shortages after the government’s decision to reject genetically-modified food aid, the UN has warned.

The World Food Programme said food aid from the US, which makes up around 70% of contributions, may be rejected.

Earlier this month, the government said it would accept only milled maize imports, to prevent crop contamination.

Almost a fifth of the population need food hand-outs, mostly former refugees who have returned after the civil war.

The conflict ended in 2002, but 1.9 million Angolans reportedly remain dependent on food aid.

The agency’s regional director, Mike Sackett, told reporters in Johannesburg the WFP had until Wednesday to confirm a 19,000 tonne shipment of US maize – and could lose it.

Mr Sackett said Angola would accept milled maize, but this was far more expensive, took about four extra months to arrive – and had a much shorter shelf life.

“The GM question is… a further blow to the achievements of the objectives set out by WFP in Angola,” he said.

The UN already had difficulties in providing food for Angolans, because of insufficient financial contributions by foreign donors, he said.

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