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What is the situation in Zimbabwe with regards to GMOs?

Zimbabwe has not yet reached the commercial stage of GMOs. Therefore no GMOs have been released into the environment or the market. GMOs are still confined to laboratories, greenhouses and contained field trials. However due to inadequate foods stocks, the country had to accept donated GM foods. This decision was arrived at after realizing that there are no known adverse effects of GM foods on human health. The bulk of the donations received up to today are mainly in kind from GM producing countries. Measures have however been taken to prevent the planting of GM products by ensuring that donated maize grain is milled under supervision before being distributed to recipients. The donors have also been asked to label the modified food, to allow for informed consumer choice.


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