The COVID-19 pandemic gives Nigeria with alternative to work in direction of defending its farming and meals methods from being destroyed by agricultural genetic engineering promoters.
Nnimmo Bassey, an environmental skilled and nature advocate made the assertion at a web-based dialogue which x-rayed Nigeria’s Meals and Farming Methods throughout and publish COVID-19 Period.
The advocate says his conclusions on Nigeria’s meals methods follows the appearance of the coronavirus pandemic at the moment wreaking havoc the world over.
He mentioned the unfavorable affect of COVID-19 on the well being of many Nigerian sufferers might have been much less if their immune system was not already compromised, he, nonetheless, says an immune system can solely be boosted when people join with nature, eat pure meals devoid of chemical substances and shore up resistance to ailments.
‘‘COVID-19 is an opportunistic illness that takes benefit of a compromised system and consuming unwholesome meals grown with chemical substances undermines the immune system leaving individuals susceptible to ailments like coronavirus’’
The advocate who lamented the appearance of business agriculture, says the pursuit of revenue has eaten away the world’s pure habitat displacing each human and animal species.
‘‘These animals are pure host to pathogens and these pathogens are dangerous to people and if we don’t cease interfering with biodiversity and with nature we’ll proceed to have pandemics’’
‘‘Industrial Agriculture causes 80% of the deforestation on the earth, promotes land grabs, displaces communities and household farmers, what we expect is producing meals for us is definitely displacing individuals destroying livelihoods and inflicting issues on the earth’’.
He mentioned those that promote Genetically Modified Organisms undermine the necessity to safeguard the well being of the nation as a result of within the context of Nigeria ‘‘GMOs are usually not labelled and Nigerians don’t have a alternative in what they eat or purchase from the market’’
‘When public officers saddled with defending our biosafety refuse to see the interconnectedness between the social, financial and environmental components of agriculture and meals then our meals methods will proceed to endure’’
The environmental advocate submitted that to satisfy Nigeria’s meals wants, preserve a wholesome inhabitants, and cut back starvation, then individuals should return to nature, develop crops in a sustainable method and jettison damaging chemical substances utilized in industrial agriculture.
An agroecologist, Million Belay of AFSA warned that Africa should make an evidence-based and coherent case for agroecology because the sustainable long-term resolution for farming within the area.
In response to him, agroecology will increase productiveness, improves well being and diet, creates financial alternative, ensures soil safety, will increase self-reliance and addresses the a lot wanted Sustainable Improvement Objectives.
In the meantime, a meals skilled, Jackie Ikeotuonye, in her presentation defined that closed borders and enforced lockdowns have unintentionally, diminished carbon footprints and shortened provide chains.
She defined that sustainable approaches to meals manufacturing and consumption have inadvertently develop into the default possibility as COVID-19 rage.