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PHILIPPINES Greenpeace warns of GMOs
in manufactured food by Jennifer A. Ng / Reporter
12-April-2012 Business Mirror View
ASIDE from the safety of food
with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Greenpeace said
on Thursday that the ownership of these food makers should
also be a cause for concern about GMOs.
“GMOs are patented and owned by the companies that develop,
produce, and market them as quick-fix solutions to hunger
and poverty. After more than 20 years of commercialization,
GMOs have only brought us farther from [our] food security
goals,” said Greenpeace in a briefing paper.
The group continues to question the safety of GMOs as well
as the process being implemented by the Philippine government
“There is a lack of independent studies on GMOs. Doubts
about the safety claims of GMOs exist because almost all
GMO studies are conducted by the same companies that produce
the genetically modified [GM] crops,” said Greenpeace.
The group singled out Bt eggplant, saying that independent
studies have shown that genetic modification in Bacillus
thurigiensis (Bt) eggplant also affects nontarget organisms.
Greenpeace also hit the process for approving GM crops
in the Philippines. “GMO regulation in the Philippines is
not as stringent as the Department
of Agriculture [DA] would like us to think. Public consultation
is only based on the posting of a piece of an A4 sheet of
paper or an announcement in the newspaper,” Greenpeace said.
Earlier, two leading biotechnologists of the DA slammed
Greenpeace, saying the group was “simply demonizing” GM
This developed after Greenpeace demanded that the government
scrap all field trials for Bt eggplants.
Dr. Candida Adalla, chief of the DA’s Biotechnology Implementing
Unit, said it is strange why Greenpeace is opposed to the
conduct of field trials on Bt eggplant and would want the
government to simply end such experiments without any compelling
evidence that Bt eggplant harms the environment and should
not be the subject of scientific inquiry.
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