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May 24, 2015
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Hundreds March Against Monsanto in ACCRA and GOASO

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Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) joined millions of people worldwide across 6 continents, 56 countries and 452 cities including 5 countries from Africa in the annual march against Monsanto. This year’s march was organized in collaboration with the Kanyan Akuafuo Kuo Society from the Brong Ahafo region in north central Ghana, Convention People’s Party (CPP) and the Vegetarian Association of Ghana.

Observing an annual ban on drumming and noise making imposed by the Ga Traditional Council, the March in Accra was silent with hundreds of participants wielding placards and marching through some of the principal streets of Accra. The second and more animated march took place at Goaso in the Brong Ahafo Region about 400 km north of Accra where different farming groups and organisations as well as opinion leaders joined members of Food Sovereignty Ghana to send a clear message to leadership and policy makers that the imposition of genetically modified organisms (GMO) crops on Ghanaians was absolutely unacceptable and not in the interest of Ghana’s sustainable future.


At around 7.30 am a group of early birds peacefully picketed with placards outside the show room of Dizengoff, a local supplier of Monsanto’s products located opposite The Ghanaian Times. This early photo opportunity has now made it all over the world. By 8.30 am a large gathering of anti GMO campaigners had converged at the premises of TV3 in Accra and by 9.30 am the March began in the company of a police escort. The marchers proceeded down the road to the car park of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) where the leadership were engaged in several interviews before continuing on the Ring road turning left at Nima Police station. After a brief stop at the Nima roundabout finally ending up at the Nima market where they interacted with the market women on the whole issue of GMO. Clearly the level of ignorance about GMO in the country is quite alarming given that Ghana being a signatory to the Cartagena Protocol is obliged to carry out mass education and public engagement for the general public on GMO

In Goaso in the Brong Ahafo Region 400 Km north of Accra, the march commenced from the premises of Nananom FM, through Goaso’s Municipal Streets to Kukuomu Mmem T-Junction finally ending up at Goaso Market. The turnout mainly made up of farmers was very encouraging, reflective of the fact that a large section of Ghanaians are already worried about the imposition of GMO in our agriculture.

Joining the March in Accra among other celebrities and local musicians was the Chairperson of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Madam Samia Nkrumah and a strong delegation of Party stalwarts which included Prof Akosah, Party Secretary Ivor Greenstreet, Deputy Spokesperson Ernesto Yeboah, Kojo Afari, Mrs. Dede Amanor-Wilks (CPP Parliamentary candidate for Ablekuma South Constituency) as well Party veterans, Aunty Lucy Annin a former MP in the Nkrumah government and Madam Borkor. Samia Nkrumah expressed delight at the manner in which the march was able to reach the grass roots and educate the masses. She cited the need for more education to counter the negative propaganda being advanced by the agribusiness lobby to impose GMO on the Ghanaian society and reminded the gathering of the CPP’s unshakable allegiance to the interest and welfare of the Ghanaian people.

Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. Different placards communicated several messages including the following: “Vote with your cedis by buying organic” and “GMO means God Move Over”. “The WHO says Glyphosate may be carcinogenic”.

Prof Akosah a CPP senior member called on policy makers in Ghana to recognize these developments as clear red flags which should signal the need to reconsider Ghana’s need to begin growing GMO in the first place. He pointed out the fact that Ghana grows enough food to feed itself however lack of roads and storage facilities contribute to the unacceptable high post-harvest loss.

The March was very well attended and received coverage from a cross section of local as well as international media. Food Sovereignty Ghana maintains that the proposed UPOV-compliant Plant Breeders’ Bill should be abandoned and Parliament must adopt the African Union model which also meets the WTO requirements, guarantees the rights of small farmers, and does not put the entire nation at the mercy of foreign multinational corporations.

We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison.

For Life, the Environment and Social Justice!

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour
Communications Directorate,
Contact: Tel: +233 503 895 751
Website: http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodSovereignGH
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodSovereigntyGhana

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May 19, 2015
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MAY 23 March Against Monsanto – ACCRA and GOASO

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

MAY 23 March Against Monsanto – ACCRA and GOASO
Saturday, 23 May 2015 at 9:00 GMT

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Food Sovereignty Ghana, a food advocacy movement, hereby serves notice to embark on a public march as part of a worldwide event comprising millions of marchers. This march is being organized in collaboration with the Kanyan Akuafuo Kuo Society, and is scheduled to take place in two locations: Accra and Goaso.

There are currently over 300 marches scheduled to take place around the world.

Out of respect to the Ga Traditional Council annual ban on drumming and noise making, which always precedes the Homowo festival, we have decided to organize a silent march in Accra and a more animated one in Goaso.

The details of the march are as follows:

ACCRA:

Date: Saturday 23 May, 2015

Start Time: 9:00am

Route: From TV3 through Ring Rd through Kokomlemle to Mallam Atta Market and finally to NIma Market..

GOASO:

Date: Saturday 23 May, 2015

Start Time: 9:00am

Route: From the premises of NananomFM, through Goaso Municipal Street to Kukuomu Mmem T-Junction, to Goaso Market.

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 Mission Statement

On May 23, 2015, activists around the world will, once again, unite to March Against Monsanto.

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 Why do we march?

Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interest and explains the lack of government-led research on the long-term effects of GMO products. Recently, the U.S. Congress and President collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.

For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup. Monsanto’s GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world’s bee population.

What are solutions we advocate for?

Vote with your cedis by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto owned companies that use GMOs in their products. Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier. Rejecting the UPOV-compliant Plant Breeders’ Bill Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs. Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc. Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets. Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take these injustices quietly. We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto.

We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison.

For Life, the Environment and Social Justice!

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour
Communications Directorate,
Contact: Tel: +233 503 895 751
Website: http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodSovereignGH
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodSovereigntyGhana

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May 12, 2015
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Court Case On GM Crops Adjourned To June 8th

ACCRA, Monday, , May 11, 2015, by Food sovereignty Ghana

The Fast Track High court in Accra today sat for the fourth hearing of the case submitted by plaintiffs Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) against the Ministry of Food & Agriculture and the National Biosafety Committee.

The Judge Kofi Essel Mensah granted the request for joinder by the Ghana National Farmer’s Association (GNAFF) as the 5th defendants in the case. Despite a spirited defense by the lawyer for the plaintiff, George Tetteh Wayo, making the case that the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) was one of national interest, he reminded the court that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is the state body with the mandate to oversee the interests of all farmers and there was no need to allow the GNAFF to join the case. He stated that the leadership of the GNAFF were pro-GMO and did not reflect the majority of its members who were not aware of the issues surrounding GMOs in Ghana.

The ruling of the judge leans towards allowing the views of all stakeholders and interested parties to this suit against the commercialization of genetically modified cowpeas and rice in Ghana.

Also present in court was the Chairperson of the CPP, Madam Samia Nkrumah who also indicated after the proceedings that the party would apply to join the case in court to ensure that Ghana does not accept the commercialization of GM foods. Representatives of farmers and Chiefs from Goaso in the Brong Ahafo region also attended the court case and expressed interest to join the case citing concerns of negative experiences broadcast on international media of farmers in foreign lands such as India, Mexico, Brazil who have grown GM crops for years.

The Attorney General’s (AG) Department and the recently launched National Biosafety Authority had on the second appearance on March 3 requested to be joined to the original suit as 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.

Ghana is a signatory to the Cartagena Protocol and in accordance with its legal obligations is expected to have embarked on a widespread public education campaign to engage all stakeholders on the entire issue of GMOs before any commercialization. FSG maintains that this has not been done as most Ghanaians are only getting to learn of GMOs through reportage that emanates from the court proceedings.

The case was first heard on February 17th of this year. Food Sovereignty Ghana is a social justice-oriented civil society organisation that seeks to promote the right to good and healthy food, among others. FSG shall continue to pursue through every legal means possible to ensure that the rights of our farmers, consumers and the sanity of our environment is guaranteed as provided by our constitution.

For Life, the Environment and Social Justice!

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour
Communications Directorate,

Contact: Tel: +233 503 895 751
Website: http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodSovereignGH
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodSovereigntyGhana

May 5, 2015
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Injunction on GMOs in Ghana still in effect till May 11th.

i-do-not-want-your-gmo-i-do-not-like-you-monsantoThe case in which Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) is suing for an interim injunction on the commercial release of Bt cowpea and GM rice heard at the Human Rights Division of the Accra Fast Track Court on Monday, 4th May has been set for rehearing on May 11th 2015.

In a new development the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fisherfolk (GNAFF) represented by their legal counsel requested the court to join the case on the side of the defense. The Judge Kofi Essel Mensah asked the legal counsel for the plaintiff on his position as to the application to enjoin. Lawyer Tetteh Wayo informed the judge that he was vehemently opposed to this application, and informed the court that he had only just been served with the processes that were filed on April 28th and needed time to file his affidavit in opposition.

The case was first heard on February 17th, and was greeted with a hurriedly inaugurated National Biosafety Authority (NBA) on the same day. The plaintiffs, FSG had originally sued the National Biosafety Committee (NBC) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) but counsel for the defendants requested the National Biosafety Authority and the Attorney-General’s Department to be joined in the suit as co-defendants.

FSG is claiming that the Biosafety Act, 2011, Act 831, and the Legislative Instrument 1887, which established the NBC, have not been respected as regards the authorization of confined field trials and the conditions for a commercial release of GM crops, as it relates to the threats by SARI “to embark on the multiplication of seeds of the Bt cowpea in commercial quantities”.

According to FSG’s lawyer Mr. George Tetteh Wayo, “The interests of the GNAFF as stakeholders in the agricultural sector could be protected by their relevant sector ministry which is that of Food and Agriculture and as defendants already on the case there would be no need to further enjoin them”.

FSG believes that the leadership of GNAFF does not represent the entirety of their organisation since many of its members are clearly opposed to the introduction of GMOs in Ghana. Policy makers in Ghana only need to examine the past experience, results and recent developments in other countries who have engaged in the growing of GMO crops to carefully inform any further decisions in the area.

The Chairperson of the CPP Madam Samia Nkrumah and other public sympathizers also appeared in court to show solidarity with FSG for their unrelenting efforts to protect the rights of our population and the integrity of the seed systems that have provided nourishment for Ghanaians over many generations.

For Life, the Environment and Social Justice!

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour
Communications Directorate,

Contact: Tel: +233 503 895 751
Website: http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodSovereignGH
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodSovereigntyGhana
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May 3, 2015
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Injunction on GMOs: FSG Goes To Court Again!

The case in which Food Sovereignty Ghana is suing for an interim injunction on the commercial release of Bt cowpea and GM rice is set to be heard at the Human Rights Division of the Accra Fast Track Court on Monday, 4th May. The case attracted a huge national and international attention when at the second hearing, His Lordship Anthony Kwadwo Yeboah reminded the defendant that until the application by the plaintiff is heard, they cannot do anything in relation to the authorisation of Bt. cowpea or GM rice until the process is over, which amounted to a temporary ban on the commercial release of GM crops until the case had been disposed of.

It would be recalled that following a series of publications in November and December of 2014, at the instance of the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) indicated to the public that SARI intended “to embark on the multiplication of seeds of the Bt cowpea in commercial quantities next year (ie 2015) for distribution to farmers for planting in the three northern regions”.

The case was first heard on February 17th, and was greeted with a hurriedly inaugurated National Biosafety Authority (NBA) on the same day. The plaintiffs, FSG had originally sued the National Biosafety Committee (NBC) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) but counsel for the defendants requested the National Biosafety Authority and the Attorney-General’s Department to be joined in the suit as co-defendants.

The FSG is claiming that the Biosafety Act, 2011, Act 831, and the Legislative Instrument 1887, which established the NBC, have not been respected as regards the authorization of confined field trials and the conditions for a commercial release of GM crops, as it relates to the threats by SARI “to embark on the multiplication of seeds of the Bt cowpea in commercial quantities”.

According to FSG lawyer Mr. George Tetteh Wayo, “We are making this petition because, unfortunately and quite alarmingly, we see serious breaches to be going on. Our main argument is that the Biosafety law in Ghana, as well as international biosafety protocols and treaties are being breached by the defendants”.

The court is likely to hear the argument from the defendants that the applicant’s motion for interlocutory injunction and the court will be looking at both affidavits and determine the relevant issues raised, whether or not to grant or dismiss the application.

So far as the FSG is concerned, the announcement by SARI for “the multiplication of seeds of the Bt cowpea in commercial quantities… for distribution to farmers for planting in the three northern regions” has nothing to do with confined field trials. Furthermore the inconsistency by the CSIR and the NBC as to the timeline regarding the release and commercialisation of GM rice causes great alarm. The wisest thing for the plaintiff to do is to seek an injunction until the substantive case is heard.

The hearing begins at 9.00am at the Human Rights Division of the High Court.

For Life, the Environment and Social Justice!

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour
Communications Directorate,

Contact: Tel: +233 503 895 751
Website: http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodSovereignGH
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodSovereigntyGhana
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April 13, 2015
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FSG Re-affirms opposition to imposition of GMOs on Ghanaians

PRESS RELEASE: 14/04/2015

The Communications Directorate of Food Sovereignty Ghana would like to re-affirm its opposition to attempts by the powers that be to impose GM foods on Ghanaians without any form of public awareness and participation in such a vital and far-reaching decision. FSG therefore remains opposed to the development and commercialization of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Ghana, and Africa for that matter.

In a statement released by Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour, FSG’s Communication Director, he noted that the organisation wishes to distance itself from recent misleading utterances to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) by Mr. Kweku Dadzie, a former member, who was recently discharged from hospital in Accra. Below is the full statement:

An inaccurate report http://gbcghana.com/1.2690167 on GBC’s Radio Ghana on April 8th at approximately 2.30pm, quotes Mr. Dadzie as saying that “FSG is not against the introduction of GMO but rather against a communication gap between what the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is doing towards the introduction of GMO’s and the implications for the public”.[sic]

It is most unfortunate that Mr. Dadzie makes such unfounded and misleading statements which apart from confusing the general public, seeks to malign the genuine efforts FSG is making in the protection of the sovereignty and integrity of Ghana’s food production system. We think that there is some mischief afoot to sow confusion and to distort our message by exploiting a sick person. We find it particularly unfortunate that the GMO lobby took ruthless advantage of Mr. Dadzie when he was just recovering from an illness.

The discerning public will recall FSG’s countless press statements as well as several public outreach activities aimed at increasing public awareness on the dangers of the imposition of GMOs on Ghanaians with its serious long term implications for human health and the environment. In line with the anti-GMOs stance taken by FSG since its inception two years ago, the organisation has been at the forefront of championing the call for more careful attention to policy-making regarding GMOs, citing many examples from abroad where the effects of GMOs on the populations have begun to take harmful effects. http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/ban-all-gm-foods-in-ghana/

FSG has been instrumental in getting other civil society groupings and religious organisations to join their call on key stakeholders in the food and agriculture industry in Ghana to reconsider the content of the proposed Plant Breeders Bill that was before Parliament. Direct meetings with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and other high level consultations contributed to the directive by the Honourable Speaker of Parliament Mr. Doe Adjaho to put the bill on hold in the House to allow for more consultations with a wider stakeholder grouping.

Most importantly and quite contrary again to Mr. Dadzie’s recent misguided statement is the fact the FSG on February 17th of this year presented a writ in the Human Rights Division of the Fast Track High Court seeking an injunction against the Ministry of Food & Agriculture and the National Biosafety Committee from further developing and commercializing GMOs in Ghana. FSG still maintains that the National Biosafety Committee has unlawfully been operating in the sense that it failed to fully respect the Biosafety Act 2011 Act (831).

It is therefore quite clear that FSG remains completely opposed to any development or commercialization of GMOs in Ghana and its actions have shown the consistency of an organisation fully understanding its obligatory social responsibility to protect the rights of small scale farmers to produce organic food from natural seed selection processes, as well as to protect the rights of consumers as guaranteed by the constitution to be fully involved in any such decision-making.

We therefore make the earnest appeal that any enquiries on FSG, its mission and objectives and subsequent activities should be channelled to the Communications Directorate. Our official website clearly shows how to contact us.

For Life, the Environment and Social Justice!

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour
Communications Directorate,

Contact: Tel: +233 503 895 751
Website: http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodSovereignGH
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodSovereigntyGhana
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FSG in Court 2nd April

April 2, 2015
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Court Adjourns GMO Injunction Case To May 4

The Fast Track High Court Human Rights Division in Accra today sat for the third hearing of the case submitted by plaintiff Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) against the Ministry of Food & Agriculture and the National Biosafety Committee, the newly inaugurated National Biosafety Authority, as well as the Attorney-General’s Department.

Judge Anthony Kwadwo Yeboah who had presided over the last two hearings handed over to the original Judge assigned to the case, Judge Kofi Essel Mensah who had been on leave.The counsel for the plaintiff, Lawyer Tetteh Wayo informed the Judge that despite serving the defendants with the amended writ of summons and corrected exhibits as directed by the Court on 3rd March 2015, he had still not received any documentation from the defendants processes so filed, even though the Court seemed to have copies of processes filed by the defendants. He therefore enquired whether or not the defendant (The State) would want to proceed with the case without serving the plaintiff’s lawyer?

Judge Kofi Essel Mensah ordered the defendants to submit any affidavits in opposition to the suit within eight days and adjourned the case to May 4th 2015. He reminded the Court that the interlocutory injunction served by the plaintiff itself serves as an injunction on the defendant. This means the process itself serves as an injunction on the defendant not to proceed with any further plans to release and commercialize GMOs in Ghana and that any violation of this order would find the defendants in contempt of court.

FSG welcomed the presence of the Convention People’s Party’s (CPP) Chairperson, Honourable Samia Nkrumah and her contingent of supporters and legal advisers who appeared in court to show solidarity with their noble cause. According to her the issue of Ghana’s food security cannot be left in the hands of foreign interests and should rather be in the control of our local farmers. She cited several examples of responsible decisions regarding the control of GMOs being taken by many governments abroad in the interest of their people and urged Ghanaian policy-makers to emulate such best practice. FSG wishes that other political parties would also show solidarity in the interest of Ghana’s people and her environment.

The Attorney General’s (AG) Department and the recently launched National Biosafety Authority had at the last appearance on March 3 requested to be joined to the original suit as 3rd and 4th defendants respectively. In an ironic twist on March 4th 2015, a day after the first submission of the writ, the National Biosafety Authority Board was inaugurated and advertised in the local dailies. This in hind sight seems like a preemptive attempt to make right what had been the original reason for which FSG went to court. The Legislative Instrument 1887, the Biosafety (Management of Biotechnology) Regulations, 2007, requires provision of the following: Section 14 Public awareness, participation and education; Section 15 The Biosafety Clearing House and Information; Section 16 contained use and confined field trials; Section 26 Socio-economic consideration.

Ghana is a signatory to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety which requires the State to embark on a widespread public education, awareness and participation campaign to engage all stakeholders on the entire issue of GMOs before any release into the environment or commercialization can take place.

The case was first heard on February 17th 2015. Food Sovereignty Ghana is a grass roots movement of Ghanaians home and abroad dedicated to food sovereignty in Ghana. FSG shall continue to pursue through every legal means possible to ensure that the rights of our farmers, consumers and the serenity of our environment as provided by our constitution is guaranteed.

For Life, the Environment and Social Justice!

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour
Communications Directorate

PHOTO shows members of the FSG and sympathysers who turned up in court this morning, including Hon Samia Nkrumah, Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party, and Ghana for Agroecology.

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March 27, 2015
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PLEASE, JOIN US IN COURT!!! David Versus Goliath!

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PLEASE, JOIN US IN COURT!!!David Versus Goliath!

Do you feel like eating GMO Waakye? What about “red red” (ripe plantain…

We wish to use this occasion, to invite all and sundry, to join us at the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court on Thursday, 2nd April, 2015, as we continue to seek in a lawful manner to bring about out an indefinite injunction on the commercial release of Bt. cowpeas and GM rice, scheduled for the Ghanaian market, as early as this year!

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March 24, 2015
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Food Sovereignty Ghana Marks Second Anniversary

Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), a grass-roots movement of Ghanaians, home and abroad, dedicated to the promotion of food sovereignty in Ghana, celebrated its 2nd anniversary on Saturday 21st March 2015.

The occasion was marked with a pilgrimage to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, where members renewed their vows to make sure that “Ghana, our beloved country, is free forever!” FSG firmly believes that the imposition of GMOs on Ghanaians is the greatest threat to our independence and sovereignty as a people.

FSG is proud of its achievements within such a short space of time, considering the limited resources, and hostile attacks orchestrated by the usual suspects. We take particular pride in the fact that, two years ago, it was difficult to talk about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), as few people knew what it was. Today, it is a house-hold word as a result of much stakeholder engagement collectively undertaken by our members and supporter groupings.

Our movement is thus particularly pleased with the overwhelming support we are currently enjoying throughout the length and breadth of the country. We are grateful to Ghanaians from all walks of life, irrespective of ethnicity, religious background, party political affiliation, and gender, who have joined hands with us in this struggle to defend the rights of future generations.

We deeply regret, however, that the level of support we are enjoying at the grass-roots is not being translated into any serious attention by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC). Our call for an indefinite Moratorium or ban on the Propagation, Cultivation, Raising, and Growing of Genetically Modified Organisms in Ghana, continues to fall on deaf ears. We call on NDC cadres who place loyalty to their own health above that of loyalty to party, to join us in these demands and help put pressure on government. They are the people most likely to be listened to.

This struggle is ultimately a political one. The arena of struggle is beyond the reach of FSG, as this happens within the various political parties. We therefore call on all Ghanaians to make the imposition of GMOs on us, a high priority item in their internal political discourses. We are not happy that, with the exception of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), which has come out clearly in opposition to the UPOV-compliant Plant Breeders’ Bill, and the imposition of GMOs on Ghanaians, the leadership of other political parties in Ghana remain profoundly silent.

We are however pleased that the leadership of Ghana’s faith-based organisations, Muslim, Protestant, Catholic as well as traditional African faith, are all solidly upholding the “Precautionary Principle” and putting the health and the environment of Ghanaians first, before the profits of the foreign corporations lobbying to take over our seed markets and replace our natural seeds with genetically modified ones. We salute all of them and will continue to work with them across this nation to ensure that a logical conclusion to the GMO threat is reached.

There is growing concern internationally concerning the unknown long term effects of GMOs on human health and the environment and this is reflected in recent bans and precautionary measures taken by responsible governments all across the world to limit the dangers posed to their populations. FSG continues to be inspired by responsible leadership across the world that seeks to tread cautiously with the GMO agenda. In the words of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver “I am against GMO’s for several reasons…We don’t know the health impacts of GMO in the long term”.

Finally, we wish to use this occasion, to invite all and sundry, to join us at the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court on Thursday, 2nd April, 2015, as we continue to seek in a lawful manner to bring about out an indefinite injunction on the commercial release of Bt. cowpeas and GM rice, scheduled for the Ghanaian market, as early as this year!

For Life, the Environment and Social Justice!

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour
Director of Communications, FSG

Tel: +233 503 895 751
Email: info@foodsovereigntyghana.org
Website: http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodSovereignGH
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FSG Prepares to go to court

March 3, 2015
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Court Orders Temporary Halt On GM Commercialization

The Fast Track High court in Accra today sat for the second hearing of the case submitted by plaintiffs Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) against the Ministry of Food & Agriculture and the National Biosafety Committee.

The case was first heard on February 17th of this year and was adjourned till Tuesday 3rd March as the Judge, His Lordship Anthony Kwadwo Yeboah requested that all parties to the case submit written documents rather than allow verbal presentations in court.

Lawyer for the plaintiffs George Tetteh Wayo informed the court that there were some clerical omissions in one of the submitted documents and prayed the court to allow him submit the corrected copies. The judge however turned down the request and rather directed that the case be refilled to avoid any further complications.

The Attorney General’s (AG) representative requested that the court join the National Biosafety Authority as well as the AG’s department to the case as 3rd and 4th defendants respectively. Lawyer for the plaintiffs agreed with the request.

Judge Kwadwo Yeboah directed that since a request for interlocutory injunction had already been applied for by the plaintiffs, it therefore meant that there would be a temporary halt on any further commercialization and development of GMO until the case is concluded.

Food Sovereignty Ghana is a grass-roots movement of Ghanaians, home and abroad, dedicated to the promotion of food sovereignty in Ghana. FSG still maintains that the National Biosfety Committee has unlawfully been operating in the place of a National Biosafety Authority and is in clear breach of the provisions of the Biosafety Act 2011 Act (831), as regards the need for public awareness and participation in decisions affecting the release of genetically modified organisms into the environment.

Incidentally, after two years of pointing this out, the board of the National Biosafety Authority was inaugurated on the 17th of February this year, the same day of the first hearing in court. And four years after this has been called for under the Biosafety Act, 2011, Act (831)

The case has been adjourned to April 2, 2015 at the fast track High Court in Accra.

For Life, the Environment and Social Justice!

Edwin Kweku Andoh Baffour
Communications Directorate,