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    Which is Better - More Food with Low Quality or Less Food with High Quality?

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      Which is a better trade off: more food with low quality or less food with high quality? This issue is under serious debate right now in Uganda as a leading civil society group in the country today re-echoed its vehement opposition against moves by pro-GMO lobbyists in the government to get a law passed by parliament that will make it legal for scientists to modify the genes of Uganda’s major food crops – plantain, cassava, sweet potatoes, maize, millet, sorghum to boost their productivity, protect them against pests/diseases, but also likely reduce their economic and health values. Under AllAfrica news agency headline “Uganda's Secret GMO Research Exposed”, Barbara Ntambirweki of Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) voiced her organization’s opposition to the introduction into the country of what she refers to as “Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)”. Barbara cites the example of Africa's top cotton producing country Burkina Faso where GMO cotton was introduced but later abandoned after Burkina Faso’s usual highly priced cotton fiber length - which is one of the chief measures of cotton quality - was reduced. This caused Burkina Faso's cotton to fetch lower prices on the world market, leading to an 8 million dollar revenue loss. The debate in Uganda is an issue that resonates  everywhere in the world today, including in highly industrialized countries. It appears that where ever in the world food is in abundance such as the United States, there is a big issue about affordable food quality for the poor. And where ever in the world food is scarce such as Sierra Leone, there is an issue of affordable food quantity for the poor.