Goodbye Super Talong?

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Super Talong Bt Bacillus thuringiensis eggplantThe Court of Appeals on September 20 denied the government’s request to reconsider its ruling stopping the field trials of bacteria-resistant eggplant on Philippine soil.

Super talong, or Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) eggplant is a genetically-engineered eggplant which can produce it’s own insecticide to protect it from crop-damaging pests.

In a decision dated September 20, the CA 13th Division said the government’s motion did not raise “any substantial ground or reason” that would call for the reversal of its ruling last May.

Whilst, the Court of Appeals denied the government’s request to reconsider its ruling stopping the field trials of bacteria-resistant eggplant nationwide, citing the precautionary principle stating “when human activities may lead to threats of serious and irreversible damage to the environment that is scientifically plausible but uncertain, actions shall be taken to avoid or diminish the threat.

Among others, the Court found no scientific consensus on the safety and impacts of Bacillus thuringiensis (bt) talong and the lack of law that governs introduction, release, experimentation of genetically-modified crops liks Bt talong.

“This decision should enlighten our government not to waste public money in co-funding research on GM crops, which is not only harmful but would only benefit the corporate patent owners of the gene and technology,” said Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Von Hernandez.

The field testing of genetically modified eggplant had already been conducted in Pangasinan, Laguna and Camarines Sur while others were still being done in Kabacan, North Cotabato.

With this new ruling, we can now say goodbye Super Talong!

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