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In GMO debate, Uganda seeks to balance hope and fear

David Talengera, a research scientist at the entrance of a banana confined field trial at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories, Kawanda in Kampala, Uganda. Source: Christopher Bendana

Scientists in Uganda had hoped it was the dawn of a new era in food security for a drought-prone region.

In October, Uganda’s legislature moved to lift a ban on genetically modified crops, a move that stoked both hopes and fears in a fiercely divided populace. Where proponents saw opportunity to lift a region out of a cycle of drought and crop failure, critics cautioned that the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the local environment could

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