Bt eggplants in the Philippines

 

Since 1999 GENET collects and distributes information on various topics in the field of genetic engineering in agriculture, food production and health. With this "Special Topic: Bt eggplants in the Philippines" GENET aims at providing an overview about the debate on development and approval of Bt eggplants in this country, based on our archives.

2014-04-03 |

Philippines: Farmers ask SC to reverse CA ruling stopping field testing of GM eggplants

Saying their right to their livelihood is being threatened, a group of 11 farmers from Bukidnon and Pangasinan on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to reverse a Court of Appeals ruling that stopped the field testing of genetically modified eggplants in the country.

2014-03-12 |

Philippines: When informed, farmers are keen on GM eggplant

A study contends that 96 per cent of Filipino farmers are willing to shift to a genetically modified eggplant and are willing to pay double the seed price if it means a substantial cut in spending on pesticide.

2013-06-26 |

Philippine FDA insists GM food is safe

Following an appellate court ruling against the genetic engineering of eggplants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisted yesterday that genetically modified food produced through modern biotechnology are safe.

In FDA Advisory No. 2013-014, FDA acting director Kenneth Hartigan-Go noted that “all food derived from genetically modified (GM) crops in the market have met international food standards and are as safe as and as nutritious as the food derived from conventional crops for direct use as food, feeds and for processing.”

2013-06-07 |

Philippine organic farm advocates hail ruling on Bt Brinjal, demand stop of Golden Rice

Euphoric over the Court of Appeals ruling against the field testing of genetically modified Bt eggplants, organic farming advocates are calling for a ban on a genetically modified breed of rice known as Golden Rice. [...] Alfie Pulumbarit, advocacy officer of the nongovernment Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-Unlad ng Agrikultura (Masipag) based in Los Baños, Laguna, said the IRRI is “done testing the Golden Rice in five sites and is moving on to the efficacy tests, meaning on humans, but without testing it first on animals or conducting toxicity tests to make sure it’s safe.” “Is there really a need for alternate sources of Vitamin A other than what nature provided us?” said Ann Fuertes, executive director of the Interface for Development Intervention.

2013-05-29 |

Who’s afraid of the GMO eggplant?

The Court of Appeals recently struck a blow to GMO crops in the Philippines by its decision to stop field trials for Bt talong, a genetically modified eggplant. If successful, this biotech crop would have allowed Filipino farmers larger harvests while spraying less pesticides in their fields. We need to strike a note of caution, but not in the way the court ruling suggests. Instead, as we look at GMO crops, we must be careful we understand what they are, why they are an important technology to help us feed our people, and why the scientific community says they are safe.

2013-05-23 |

Philippine Court of Appeals ruled Bt eggplant field trials unsafe for humans, environment

THE Court of Appeals ruled recently that ongoing field trials for Bacillus thuriengensis talong (eggplant) in the country pose risks to human health and the environment, it was learned on Wednesday. In a 25-page decision penned by CA Associate Justice Isaias Dicdican, the appellate court’s Special 13th Division issued a writ of kalikasan ordering the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other concerned government agencies to stop the trials. CA Associate Justices Myra Garcia-Fernandez and Nina Antonio-Valenzuela agreed with the decision. According to the court’s ruling, the trials violated the people’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology.

2012-11-22 |

Ban GMOs, top Indian scientist urges Philippine government

THE government should ban genetically modified organisms in the country, Indian scientist Dr. Tushar Chakraborty said on Wednesday. In a press conference organized by Greenpeace, Chakraborty, the principal scientist of the Gene Regulation Laboratory—Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, said banning of GMOs in the Philippines is the most prudent, science-based approach to the “uncertainties” surrounding GMO crop technologies. He also said GMO crops, like the insect-resistant Bacillus thuriengensis eggplant and the so-called golden rice, pose significant risks to human health and the environment.

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