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Zambia feeds refugees on transgenic U.S. corn

(Friday, Sept. 13, 2002 -- CropChoice news) --

By Singy Hanyona, ENS, 09/10/2002: LUSAKA, Zambia, The Zambian government and World Food Programme (WFP), have agreed to feed over 130,000 refugees from war-torn neighboring countries with genetically modified food aid from the United States.

The decision comes a month after the Zambian government categorically refused to accept the transgenic maize [corn] for its own starving people who are suffering the worst drought in a decade.

James Morris, the United Nations Special Envoy for the humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa holds a Zambian boy. (Photo courtesy WFP) Visiting WFP Executive Director James Morris, confirmed in Lusaka Monday that the government has allowed his organization to start distributing genetically modified (GM) maize to refugees in six refugee camps. "They have given us permission to feed refugees here in Zambia. "Government was very thoughtful about it, and we are now feeding about 130,000," Morris told journalists here...see the complete story at http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-10-01.asp