In keeping with strict biosafety regulations, all the GM maize material is burned once the harvest data is collected. The resulting debris is then buried on the CFT [confined field trial] site.
[Below:] Researchers and government officials watch as GM maize material is burned following the harvesting of WEMA [Water Efficient Maize for Africa project] maize trial. If the biosafety regulations are not followed to the letter, the CFT could face closure.
[Below:] Workers empty bags of harvested GM maize seed into the fire pit at the CFT, in keeping with Tanzania’s biosafety regulations. Because this is a field trial the maize cannot legally be distributed to local farmers or eaten by hungry Tanzanians now experiencing a food shortage. Meanwhile, WEMA maize with the same GM drought-tolerance trait is already being cultivated by farmers in South Africa and consumed throughout the country.
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