Pangirayi Tangoona, a biotechnology expert at the University of Zimbabwe, has publicly warned his country's government that accepting the offer of GM food aid from the West will bring major problems, and that a long term policy is needed on the issue.

According to a report published yesterday [Monday] by the Zimbabwe Inter Africa News Agency, Tangoona explained: "Blind application of such knowledge and expertise is dangerous to us as a third world country."

He added that the offer of GM food to starving African nations was unfairly forcing acceptance of GM, and risking future agricultural exports, thereby increasing poverty in the long term. "Zimbabwe exports beef to the European Union. The body has stated that it will not buy beef if it detects genetically modified foods in it. That is their policy," he said.