Greenpeace expressed its concern towards the Egyptian government’s “scandal” over its use of genetically modified (GM) crops, according to a press release published yesterday.
The release highlighted the government’s position regarding the presence of GM crops in Egypt, even though it had announced before that the last shipment of GM seeds was discarded.
In 2008, Egypt reached an agreement with American multinational agriculture corporation Monsanto to trade in and grow GM corn.
Two shipments of 70 and 40 tonnes arrived in Egypt in December 2010.
The 70-tonne shipment was planted in 10 governorates, whereas the 40-tonne shipment arrived in January 2012.
The plantations were later destroyed by the Agriculture Ministry as they were not properly licensed. However, the report reveals the opposite.
Sustainable Agriculture campaigner for Greenpeace Ahmed El Droubi said: “The Egyptian people are entitled to know what is planted on our land and what we are eating.”