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.
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.
2010-10-22 | permalink
The municipality of Sta. Barbara in Iloilo has stopped the testing of genetically modified eggplants. In a resolution passed on Oct. 6, the Sta. Barbara municipal council suspended the field testing of the Bacillus thuringiensis eggplants in barangays Tungay and Lanag. [...] Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte earlier called for a stop to the testing at the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao campus.
2010-10-14 | permalink
The city’s legislative council has passed a bill supporting the executive department’s hard-line stance against the Bt eggplant, a genetically modified species being field-tested at the University of Philippines-Mindanao campus. In a resolution, Councilor Conrado C. Baluran, committee chairman on agriculture, said there is no compelling reason for Davao City to welcome the Bt eggplant because it is a complete departure from what the local government wants to pursue when it earlier approved the organic agriculture ordinance.
2010-10-08 | permalink
The Network Opposed to Genetically Modified Organisms-Philippines and Negros local farmers and stakeholders said they are continuously circulating a sign-on petition in Negros Occidental urging the Department of Agriculture to stop the field testing of the resistant eggplants containing MAHYCO Bt. The petition asks the DA, through the Bureau of Plant Industry, to stop the multi-location trial of Bt eggplant intended for commercialization and to revoke all permits that have led to the proliferation of the GM crop.
2010-10-05 | permalink
The government has been advised to consider the risks of the field testing of eggplants that have been genetically modified to create its own poison to kill pests that affect crop yielding of eggplants of up to 70 percent in Asian countries. Dr. Pushpa Mittra Bhargava, a recipient of India’s third highest civilian honorary title Padma Bhushan, flew to the Philippines to conduct an information drive, along with non-government organizations, to warn the public of the danger of Bt eggplant.
2010-09-30 | permalink
THE COMMERCIALIZATION of bacillus thuringiensis eggplant, a genetically modified organism, is projected to triple a farmer’s net income, Cesar B. Quicoy, chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the College of Economics and Management at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños. ”Projected net income using Bt eggplant may reach P65,489 per hectare compared to non-Bt eggplant whose net income is estimated at P15,687 per hectare,” Mr. Quicoy said during a seminar on Benefits and Impact of a Promising Public Sector Crop Biotechnology earlier this week.
2010-09-23 | permalink
Researchers at the Philippine Rice Research Institute and the International Rice Research Institute are intent on developing a variety of rice that produces beta carotene and if they proceed, they will be the first to grow GM rice commercially. Meanwhile, the country's agriculture secretary, Proceso Alcala, is fiercely opposed to the scientists' plans and is making his opinions known--this is shaping up to be quite the domestic and potentially global controversy.