Court confirms decision of the National Biosafety Authority on 14 transgenic crops

The Human Rights Court One (1) has dismissed the application for injunction brought by Food Sovereignty Ghana and others against the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) over the approval granted for the registration of 14 genetically modified crops for food, feed and processing in Ghana .

This is because on April 10, 2024, Ghana Food Sovereignty and other concerned bodies filed the motion for interlocutory injunction to restrain the National Biosafety Committee and four others from releasing any genetically modified products into the Ghanaian ecosystem. .

They maintain that the introduction of genetically modified crops is a threat to organic crops and seedlings in the country.

However, the court chaired by Her Honor Judge Barbara Tetteh-Charway, in its April 30 ruling, recognized the NBA’s diligence in executing its legal mandate to ensure the safety and regulatory compliance of genetically modified crops. in the agricultural sector of Ghana.

The court also warned that seeking information from the NBA would have prevented the filing of the present application.

“The landmark ruling marks a significant milestone for players in the biotechnology and agricultural innovation space and affirms that functional science-based biosafety systems are important to expand producer options, inspire consumer confidence, facilitate trade and promote agricultural research and development,” part of the statement read.

The NBA therefore assured Ghanaians that it remains committed to ensuring the safety of modern biotechnology in Ghana as well as continued engagement with stakeholders in a transparent manner.