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.
2011-02-18 | permalink
The enemies of biotechnology will stop at nothing to prevent farmers in the developing world from growing GM crops. A few weeks ago in the Philippines, they literally uprooted progress—and put a bright future just a little bit further out of reach. Here’s what happened. Researchers affiliated with the University of the Philippines at Mindanao were trying to produce a better talong, also known as eggplant. [...] But now we’ve lost this opportunity, at least for the time being, because of a paperwork error.
2011-02-15 | permalink
North Cotabato Vice Governor Gregorio T. Ipong has declared willingness to review the province’s policy on field testing for the Bacillus thuringiensis eggplant amid inquiries that the local government has been receiving regarding the crop’s field trials. [...] ”The best way in discerning things is to always get back to how these things came about through scientific method. As an engineer, I also have to listen to the scientific results. It is not a bad idea if both sides are seen and heard,” said Ipong, according to a statement.
2011-01-20 | permalink
Advocates of sustainable agriculture welcomed the decision of the Bureau of Plant Industry to cancel the permit to test-grow genetically modified eggplant, locally referred to as ”BT talong.” [...] In an order dated December 29 but made public by groups opposed to the propagation of genetically modified organisms on Tuesday, BPI director Clarito Barron said all Biosafety Permits for field testing were being suspended due to lack of public consultation before these were conducted.
2011-01-14 | permalink
Two of seven field trials of the plant - also known as Bt brinjal - were halted last month, two weeks after local authorities in Davao City uprooted plants because researchers had not fully complied with public consultation requirements. Scientists had been hoping to complete the seven trials by the end of this year and commercialise Bt eggplant next year. But research has now been delayed by at least six months, according to Eufemio Rasco Jr, lead researcher at the University of the Philippines Mindanao.
2011-01-12 | permalink
These past few months have been a whirlwind of forums and meetings with different groups including NGOs, the church, farmers, students, women, organic traders etc. - all because of the plans to commercialise Monsanto's Bt eggplant in the Philippines by 2011 even after India has rejected it. The Philippines is a country that has a very favourable policy in approving geneticalling engineered crops. Even the regulatory process is biased towards approving them since it is not an application process but an approval process for commercial release.
2011-01-06 | permalink
The University of the Philippines (UP)-Mindanao has denied allegations of violating requirements in its field test of genetically modified eggplant which was uprooted by the city government two weeks ago. In a letter dated Dec. 28, Nilo B. Oponda, acting chancellor of the university, said the order to uproot was not ”based on violation of any of these concerns but only on an administrative lapse, i.e., the lack of posting of the public information sheet.”
2010-12-20 | permalink
The city government destroyed genetically modified eggplants being field-tested in a site at the University of the Philippines Mindanao in Barangay (village) Mintal here as people involved in the experimentation cried. The whole experimental site was completely shut down Saturday and about 1,500 Bt, or Bacillus thuringiensis, eggplants, about a half of them already bearing flowers and fruits, were destroyed, city officials said.
The destroyed plants were buried in a ditch.
he uprooting of the controversial crops followed the December 13 cease-and-desist order issued by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte against the experimentation, which was highly criticized for its alleged lack of transparency.
2010-11-24 | permalink
We are at the experimental farm of the Institute of Plant Breeding, University of the Philippines Los Banos in Barangay Paciano Rizal where Bt eggplant was on its last stages of field trials. [...] India early this year declared a moratorium on its commercialization, citing safety and environmental concerns. The IPB is developing the Bt eggplant in partnership with Mahyco and Cornell University with the support of the US Agency for International Development; International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications; Department of Agriculture and the Department of Science and Technology.
2010-11-18 | permalink
The farmers endorsed the continuation of the field trials of the Gm or BT eggplants in a resolution they unanimously passed at the ‘Second National Agri-biotech Farmers Conference: Productivity and Sustainability through Agri-biotechnology’ [The conference ...] was supported by the Department of Agriculture-Biotechnology Program Office, Philippine Maize Federation, the Los Baños-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture-Biotechnology Information Center, and International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications.
2010-11-11 | permalink
In a statement, UP-Mindanao said Bt eggplant is a variety that combines superior characteristics of traditional eggplant species and "insect-protectant" gene of a useful bacterium, which exists naturally in the soil and has been used safely as insecticidal spray by organic and conventional farmers for decades. Contrary to claims of "well-funded" environmentalist groups, UP-Mindanao said tests will instead protect human health and the environment by reducing the use of toxic chemical pesticides that farmers purchase at high costs to control eggplant fruit and shoot borer infestation.