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UPLB students win award for promoting agriculture

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Promoting agriculture, students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) bag the 2018 Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Award

LAKBIOTEKNOLOHIYA. UP GRAINS representative Albert Caraan receives Lenovo Tech Visionary Award during TAYO Awarding Ceremonies on Thursday, February 22 at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

Gene editing mulled for improving livestock

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:19 AM

Scientists and consumer groups say there is not enough evidence yet to shed light on the potential risks of gene editing particularly regarding its trickle down effects on the environment and the ecosystem

This photo taken on August 11, 2013 shows cows standing patiently as they are milked on a dairy farm near Cambridge in New Zealand's Waikato region. William West/AFP

Monsanto withdraws new GM cotton seed in India row

Aug 25, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The US agribusiness giant said it withdrew plans to introduce the seeds in July over regulatory uncertainty

CASH CROP. Indian workers unload cotton from a truck at a cotton processing and packaging industry in Kadi, some 50 kms from Ahmedabad on December 3, 2014. Sam Panthaky/AFP

US finds GMO mosquitoes won't harm environment

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

Male mosquitoes are engineered in an approach that Oxitec says can reduce the populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can spread human viral diseases

File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

SC reverses earlier ruling on Bt talong, GMOs

Jul 27, 2016 - 9:23 AM

These cases which stemmed from respondents petition for Writ of Kalikasan were mooted by the expiration of the Biosafety Permits and the termination of Bt talong field trials subject of the permits

Nobel winners slam Greenpeace on GMO crops

Jun 30, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Addressed to the global environmental group the United Nations and governments the letter says Greenpeace has misrepresented the risks benefits and impacts of genetically altered food plants

STANDING UP FOR GOLDEN RICE. Pro-GMO scientist Wayne Parrot holds up a jar of conventional rice on one hand and a jar of Golden Rice on the other. Photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Enchong Dee, advocates urge presidential bets to adopt green agenda

Feb 07, 2016 - 4:05 PM

The Green Thumb Coalition vows to engage candidates and the voting public by raising the debate on 9 environmental issues

The SC's Bt talong decision: Error in precaution?

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:42 PM

The Supreme Court s judgment of the relative safety of Bt talong can be challenged for lack of rigor leading to injustice or worse willfully exposing farmers and consumers to greater risks

A Filipino Greenpeace activist wearing an eggplant costume and fellow protesters hold up signs against GMOs, during a demonstration outside the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City, June 5, 2012. Rolex dela Peña/EPA

SC ban on Bt talong trials 'affects research, agri industry'

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:45 AM

We all know that everything we do involves risks and the only way to know that something is safe is through tests and studies says a group of agricultural biotechnology students

STOPPED. The Supreme Court stops field testing for Bt talong and other GMOs. Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler

SC stops field testing of Bt talong, GMOs

Dec 08, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The Supreme Court cites the precautionary principle in upholding the decision of the appellate court which stopped field trials for the genetically modified eggplant

STOPPED. The Supreme Court stops field testing for Bt talong and other GMOs. Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler

'Stop GMO policy integration' - environmental groups

Nov 21, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Environment and agriculture advocates question GMOs as the answer to food insecurity

RISK VS RETURN. Environment and agriculture groups do not think GMOs are worth any potential benefit the government says it will bring. Rappler file photo

EU lawmakers reject GM crop compromise

Oct 13, 2015 - 10:44 PM

The European Parliament s environmental committee votes 47 to 3 to reject the European Commission s proposal but does so on technical grounds not health and safety concerns

The Flag of the European Union flies outside of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, June 20, 2014. Patrick Seeger/EPA

Thousands march against Monsanto and GM crops

May 24, 2015 - 9:34 AM

Thousands of people hit the streets in cities to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides

ANTI-GMO PROTEST. Activists take part in a march against US agrochemical giant Monsanto and GMO food products, May 23, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

Women and organic farming: Ending hunger one garden at a time

Mar 08, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Women have a big role in ending hunger not just in their families but also in the community

Giving Filipinos the choice of safe and nutritious food

Mar 07, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Proper labeling of products with genetically modified organisms should be mandatory in the Philippines to give consumers a chance to choose safe food a consumers rights group says

Genetically-modified mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

Feb 01, 2015 - 11:38 AM

A British company s plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases sparks an outcry from fearful residents

PROMISE VS DENGUE. In this file photo, a researcher examines transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitos kept in cages to collect their eggs, at a laboratory of biotech company Oxitec, in Campinas, Brazil, on August 21, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Biotech firm's GM mosquitoes to fight dengue in Brazil

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:21 AM

Brazil would be the first country to use genetically modified mosquitoes large scale or to allow commercial sales in the fight against dengue

PROMISE VS DENGUE. A researcher examines transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitos kept in cages to collect their eggs, at a laboratory of biotech company Oxitec, in Campinas, Brazil, on August 21, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

The long, slow march of 'biofortified' genetically modified food

Jul 09, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Research into biofortified food has looked at boosting levels of important micronutrients in rice banana cassava and corn but progress has also been slow

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute

US campaigners hope to engineer GMO labeling laws

Jul 07, 2014 - 1:44 PM

A fight is sprouting over whether consumers should be told more about what s in their grocery bags

LABELED. A file photo taken on October 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California shows labels on bags of snack foods indicating they are non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food products. Robyn Beck/AFP

Why does Europe hate genetically modified food?

Jul 06, 2014 - 3:23 PM

UPDATED With new European Union rules that now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could in theory lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods is Europe about to change its mind?

GMO HATE. People protests against the authorization of genetically modified (GM) maize with signs and banners reading 'Stop GMO Maize 1507 ', 'Only a NO can protect us' and 'No to GMO Maize 1507' in front of the Federal Chancellor's Office in Berlin, Germany, 05 February 2014. Joerg Carstensen/EPA

Better lives and nutrition through seaweeds

Jun 24, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The slimy plant found along shores can be the key to improvement of coastal communities

CENTRAL. Ulva seaweeds are dried under the sun in this coastal community's center. All photos from Obi Roco of Trading Room PH

US farmers, food interests unite against GMO labeling

Feb 07, 2014 - 1:26 PM

More than half of US states introduced bills aimed at requiring GMO labeling last year

AGAINST LABELS. Labels on bags of snack foods indicate they are non-GMO food products, in Los Angeles, California, October 19, 2012. Robyn Beck/AFP

EU set to OK new GM corn after Germany drops objection

Feb 05, 2014 - 8:56 PM

Ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday are to hand down a final decision on the cultivation of TC1507 corn after a European Court ruled late last year that the company s 2001 request for permission must be dealt with

EUROPE'S CORN. One day, will all corn in Europe be genetically-modified?

Battle over GMO labeling rumbling in US

Jan 05, 2014 - 9:45 AM

A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies

AGAINST GMOS. Photo dated May 25, 2013 shows a demonstration against agribusiness giant Monsanto and genetically modified organisms (GMO) in front of the White House in Washington. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Files

2013 in green: Top 10 PH environmental news

Dec 27, 2013 - 9:00 AM

From devastated coral reefs to renewable energy 2013 was a rollercoaster ride for Mother Nature to say the least

Unmasking Golden Rice

Nov 25, 2013 - 10:23 AM

Do we need Golden Rice at all?

Golden rice to be launched in PH in 2016

Nov 05, 2013 - 8:22 PM

In 2016 the controversial genetically modified rice may be distributed to farmers say researchers

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute

Why I support Golden Rice

Oct 22, 2013 - 9:02 AM

I believe that the best way forward for Philippine agriculture is not to dismiss GMOs outright but to see how we can best use them to our advantage

Michael Purugganan, Dean for Science, New York University

SEARICE: Promote indigenous technology, not GMOs

Oct 21, 2013 - 2:39 PM

An NGO says farmers have enough indigenous technology to sustain our food needs

WORLD FOOD DAY EVENT. SEARICE's seed fair and organic tiangge at the Church of the Risen Lord in UP Diliman. Photo by Karen Liao/Rappler

Golden Rice: The next GMO battleground

Oct 05, 2013 - 7:21 PM

Now at the 4th level of testing Golden Rice is seen as the last barrier to wide acceptance of GMOs

STANDING UP FOR GOLDEN RICE. Pro-GMO scientist Wayne Parrot holds up a jar of conventional rice on one hand and a jar of Golden Rice on the other. Photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Science wRap: Warm Earth, wet Mars, 'Bad' chemistry

Sep 28, 2013 - 7:54 PM

In this week s Science wRap: Big climate and Mars news deadly giant hornets and fake but based on real life meth making

CA upholds GM eggplant field trials ban

Sep 26, 2013 - 3:21 PM

CA ruling: Bt talong eggplant field trials violate the people’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology

File photo of eggplants, Aug 8 2013. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

PH most 'GMO-friendly' country in Southeast Asia?

Sep 14, 2013 - 2:07 PM

Environmentalists farmers are alarmed over continuing approvals of GMOs by the government

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute