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.

2010-09-23 |

On the Philippine controversy about Golden Rice and Bt eggplants

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.

2010-08-13 |

Philippines farmers protest BT eggplant testing

Here in the Philippines a petition letter is being circulated on the internet and among advocates where farmers, environmentalists and concerned individuals can sign to protest the field testing and intent to commercialize the Bt brinjal. Farmers reason we have enough experience with Bt-corn and RR-Corn to fear the entry of Bt brinjal. Now the transnational corporation proponents of Bt-eggplants are doing the groundwork aimed at generating public acceptance to this genetically modified crop.

2010-08-13 |

Philippines farmers protest BT eggplant testing

Here in the Philippines a petition letter is being circulated on the internet and among advocates where farmers, environmentalists and concerned individuals can sign to protest the field testing and intent to commercialize the Bt brinjal. Farmers reason we have enough experience with Bt-corn and RR-Corn to fear the entry of Bt brinjal. Now the transnational corporation proponents of Bt-eggplants are doing the groundwork aimed at generating public acceptance to this genetically modified crop.

2010-08-11 |

ISAAA brings technology acceptance training to Philippine officials

Researchers and collaborators of the Fruit and Shoot Borer Resistant (FSBR)/Bt eggplant project, members of Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBC) and regional plant quarantine officers from seven Bt/FSBR eggplant multi-location trial sites in the Philippines underwent a biosafety and biotech communication skills enhancement training [...] the training was part of a series of capacity building and technology acceptance initiatives related to the Bt/FSBR eggplant product development.

2010-08-09 |

Struggle about Bt eggplant trials in the Philippines

A group opposed to the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) eggplant Sunday urged Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala to stop field trials of the vegetable in six testing sites in the country. The Southeast Asian Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (Searice) made the appeal over the weekend in the hope of convincing Alcala to scrap the tests and junk any move to commercialize the production of the GM eggplant.

2010-07-19 |

Phillipines will be the first in Asia to commercialize GE eggplant

The Philippines will become the first in Asia to commercialize the genetically modified fruit and shoot borer-resistant eggplant by 2011. This developed after the harvest of Bacillus thuringiensis eggplant, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, in a trial site in Pangasinan. [...] the Indian government has halted its commercial release due to lobbying from environmental groups. Bt eggplant will be the first GM vegetable to be released in the country.

2010-05-25 |

Bt brinjal and maize going to reduce poverty in the Philippines soon

By late 2011 or early 2012 the genetically modified (GM) fruit-and-shoot-borer-resistant (FSBR) eggplant will be available in the Philippines [Dr. Desiree Hautea, research professor of the University of the Philippines Los Baños and FSBR eggplant project leader] At the same time, she said that since the crop will be borer-free, it would increase the income of the farmers by 200 percent, or P50,000 additional income per hectare of production, thus reducing poverty among farmers.

2010-04-26 |

Catholic forum in the Philippines thumbs down GM eggplants

A Catholic forum on World Earth Day rejected the commercial sale of genetically modified eggplants even though no safety issues related to the product have been recorded. Scientists must protect food supply, participants said. They should not play God by engineering new plant varieties using inadequate scientific methods that cannot allay fears, Gigi Chua, who helped to draft a forum statement on the issue, told UCA News.

2009-03-04 |

Three more biotech crops to hit the Philippine market in 2012

”These are the things that we can expect in the field of biotechnology in the Philippines,” said Dr. Eufemio Rasco, a Cornell University-schooled plant breeder, [...] He said the domestic market would see the commercial production of a variety of Khak Nuan papaya, genetically modified (GM) to resist the common pest ringspot, as well as an eggplant variety modified to resist fruit and shoot borers, and the GM rice called Golden Rice.

2008-06-26 |

USDA signs agreement with Philippines on agricultural cooperation

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today signed a memorandum of agreement with Philippine Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap to promote agricultural trade and investment between the two countries. The objective is to advance agricultural cooperation, productivity and sustainable natural resource management through science and technology collaboration. [...] The Philippines is the first Asian country to approve the planting of a biotechnology food crop - corn - and remains a consistent supporter of rational, science-based regulations in many international bodies. The Philippines remain on schedule to commercialize genetically engineered, insect-resistant eggplant in 2009 and virus-resistant papaya and nutritionally-enhanced rice soon thereafter.

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