Essay: Introduction of GMOs in South Africa
Malnutrition is a common problem in the developing world. . “South Africa has played a key role in facilitating the introduction of GMOs in Africa through research and development”. (Mzinga 2005 pp26) Crops are genetically modified in order to increase their nutritional value as way of fighting the problem of malnutrition. This has the implications of one been able to gain all the needed nutrients in the body by having a small ration of food. In the third world countries, lack of vitamin A is common cause of blindness.
If crops such as rice are developed, “which are rich in Vitamin A then it would be possible to combat the problem in Africa and some parts of Asia.”(Evenson 2003 pp 16) This would go a long way in reducing these cases without necessarily having to visit the hospital something would lead to minimized cost. Non-engineered plants require many chemicals, which ought to be stored in certain conditions, which are not available in many of these countries. Edible vaccines are being developed to reduce the usage of chemicals on plants