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.

2012-04-17 |

Greenpeace releases report on ’dangers’ of Bt eggplant

Greenpeace released today a report ”confirming the dangers” of cultivating genetically-modified organisms. The report, which focuses on Bt eggplant, a GMO variety currently being field-tested in the Philippines, details how the spread of the genetically-modified Bt gene can cause eggplant to be an ”aggressive and problematic weed, threatening to overpower similar varieties.” In addition, Greenpeace maintains that GMOs grown in fields contaminate normal crops, threaten farmers’ livelihoods, and are dangerous to human health.

2012-04-05 |

Five GE crops under development in the Philippines

Five more biotechnology products being developed by local research institutions are expected to be commercially released soon. The genetically modified crops — Golden Rice, Bt cotton, Bt eggplant, Bt camote, and Bt abaca — are in various stages of research, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotechnology Applications reported at the recent 2012 seminar on biotechnology held at Hyatt Hotel in Manila.

2012-04-04 |

Philippine Bt eggplant field trials start

Field trial of the genetically modified eggplant in Cotabato province has finally taken off last week. Dr. Lourdes D. Taylo, an entomologist from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños-Institute of Plant Breeding, confirmed that Bacillus thuringiensis eggplant, or Bt Talong, has been planted at a trial site at the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato province. “The field trial would run for about three months,” she told BusinessWorld, thumbing down “possible contamination of conventional eggplants since the Bt Talong test site has been isolated.

2011-12-12 |

Women farmers network oppose Bt eggplant trials in Davao City (Philippines)

SMALL organic farmers in Davao City hailed Mayor Sara Duterte’s stance in opposing the second round of Bt talong field testing in Davao City. Tranquilina Alibango of Kababaihang Nagtataglay ng Bihirang Lakas (KNBL), a network of women farmers in the city’s third congressional district, welcomed the city mayor’s move, saying it showed her commitment towards protecting the welfare of small organic farmers.

2011-11-16 |

Philippine offical declares Bt eggplant as safe for human consumption

Director Candida Adalla of DA Biotech PIU [...] clarified that the BT eggplant has a BT toxin which is a ”normal” component of the Philippine soil. [...] ”We are already associated with it (BT toxin). We simply got a gene from it and transferred it (to the eggplant) to make the eggplant resistant to pests,” said Adalla, who is also an entomologist. She said the genetically-modified eggplant has the ”very same appearance, taste, and chemical composition as the normal eggplant.”

2011-11-14 |

Davao City (Philippines) stands firm vs eggplant testing

THE City Government told proponents of the controversial Bacillus thurigiensis eggplant or the ”Bt talong” to make things clear first before they could run the second round of testing they are mulling. Leonardo Avila III, acting chief of the City Agriculturist Office, said the City Government in general did not change its stance in opposing the open field test of Bt talong in any parts of the city, even inside the University of the Philippines in Mindanao, in Mintal, this city. The UP Los Baños as well as the UPMin along with funding agencies are the proponents of the introduction of Bt talong in Davao City.

2011-11-07 |

Davao City (Philippines) orders strict confinement for Bt eggplant trials

Tests of genetically modified organisms would be allowed in the city only on condition these are done in a “strictly confined environment.” [...] In a forum, city agriculturist Leonardo Avila III said the city government would allow tests of Bt talong only in laboratories using pollen tents and wire mesh with very small holes to prevent the accidental release of pollen into the air or soil. “We want them to really put up the infrastructures where the mesh could not even allow pollen or bees to get inside,” he said.

2011-08-20 |

Battleground sizzles over GM crops in the Philippines

THE battleground for a protracted war heats up as Department of Agriculture stood firm in its decision to allow science-based assessment and experiments of any genetically modified crop in the country despite vehement opposition by environmental groups—particularly Greenpeace. [...] Greenpeace has been urging Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to scrap the experiments and field trials of Bt eggplants, arguing that the tests were being conducted only to determine the propriety of cultivating the vegetable under Philippine soil conditions and not to find out if it is safe for humans. [...] But two leading biotechnologists of the DA said that Greenpeace has exceeded its bounds by demanding that government scrap all field trials for Bt eggplant and imposing its thinking on 100 million Filipinos that any GM crop is “evil” and “subverts nature.”

2011-06-09 |

North Cotabato (Philippines) okays Bt brinjal trial

The North Cotabato provincial board has endorsed the field testing of the controversial Bacillus thuringiensis eggplant or Bt Talong but actual trial has yet to commence [...] Sought for comment, Rakim Tantung, Department of Agriculture-Southwestern Mindanao plant quarantine division chief, said they were not aware of such development, even as he assured that the field experiment has yet to start. ”We would know if the trial has commenced because the planting materials have to pass our office,” he told MindaNews.

2011-05-23 |

Kabacan (Philippines) town council agrees to Bt-eggplant field trial

The field testing of genetically modified eggplants at a state university in Kabacan town in North Cotabato could go full blast, the provincial board said in a resolution passed on Thursday. The resolution came after months of deliberation by board members on whether or not the field testing at the University of Southern Mindanao violated the provincial environment code. Although it did not ban the testing of genetically modified organisms, the provincial environment code stressed the ”precautionary principle” in genetic engineering.

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