Networking to stop field trials It is said that the future of the genetic engineering industry will be won or lost in Asia. While the international campaign has been successful in preventing commercial growing of genetically engineered crops in Mexico, Brazil and Europe, the biotech industry are now setting their sights on the lucrative markets of Asia. Desperate to win acceptance of their unwanted technology and products, transnational biotech advocates have launched a massive campaign in the region together with pro-biotech research institutions to fast-track the field testing of GM crops in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. GM crops represent an economic liability given the declining prospects of GM agricultural products in the world market. Greenpeace assists local groups in opposing field trials by directly confronting life sciences and seed companies like Monsanto, Cargill, Pioneer, and a few others. It also provides technical and information support to farmers and communities being targeted for field trials.

Greenpeace believes GE will neither feed the world nor solve the complex problems of poverty and malnutrition. Instead of a GE future controlled and dominated by multinationals, Greenpeace promotes an alternative organic vision for agriculture which does not compromise the integrity of the ecosystem, human health, and the rights of farmers.

Networking and cooperation with anti-GM forces in the region help sustain local movements for GE free zones. Aside from the usual environmental and farmers sectors, Greenpeace also reaches out to religious institutions, women's groups, student movements, health professionals, restaurateurs and many others.

In Southeast Asia, Greenpeace emphasizes the fact that the same entities promoting the release of GM seeds in the region represent the same interests responsible for stealing the region's genetic resources, and forcing patent protection on those stolen resources for exclusive profit. These are also the same forces which brought us chemical intensive agriculture, now widely acknowledged for declining farm productivity and damaged ecosystems.

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Food security can’t wait for GE’s empty promises

Blog entry by Herman van Bekkem and Wilhelmina Pelegrina | July 1, 2016

Across vast tracts of the Philippines, farmers are adapting their farming methods to withstand climate change. They're producing food in times of drought and typhoons through resilient forms of ecological agriculture. Meanwhile some...

'Golden' rice ignores the risks, the people, and the real solutions

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | January 9, 2014

'Golden' rice is being promoted by GM advocates as a solution to malnutrition. But it should be for the 'target populations' in the Philippines and elsewhere to decide whether to accept the technology - and they don't want it! ...

White Corn in the Philippines

Publication | November 19, 2013 at 17:30

This report confirms the incidence of genetic contamination of the Philippines' traditional white corn varieties. All samples tested positive for contamination, with some samples showing high levels (up to 40 % contamination) in the genetic...

Choosing the path of organic agriculture

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | October 22, 2013 1 comment

Last week, I went to the 10 th  National Organic Agriculture Congress attended by around 3000 participants from farmers to government officials, NGOs, producers and the business sector at the Philippine International Convention Center...

Golden Illusion

Publication | October 18, 2013 at 1:53

GE ‘Golden’ rice is a genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified, GM) rice variety developed by the biotech industry to produce pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene). Proponents portray GE ‘Golden’ rice as a technical, quick-fix solut...

On Academic Freedom and the CA ruling on Bt Talong

Blog entry by Romeo F. Quijano, M.D. | July 3, 2013

On June 22, 2013, the Philippine Daily Inquirer published a paid advertisement entitled “Professional Scientific Societies Support Bt Talong Field Trials. UPLB Will Ask the Court of Appeals to Reconsider its Decision to Stop the Field...

The fake promises of GE crops

Blog entry by Janet Cotter | June 22, 2013

There's been a lot of 'noise' recently about how genetically engineered (GE) crops can help "feed the world", and that they can help agriculture in a climate-affected world. But are these promises real or just hype? If we look at...

When will governments learn that GE crops are uncontrollable?

Blog entry by Janet Cotter | June 1, 2013

Shockwaves are being felt across the world's wheat markets following the first-ever discovery of unauthorised genetically engineered wheat growing on a US farm – a development that gives further proof that GE crops cannot be controlled...

Oriental Mindoro: GMOs, Keep Out!

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | March 7, 2013

Last January, I was invited again in Oriental Mindoro by our local partners to help them in their protest against the plans to plant GMOs in the province despite the existing ban in the province. Going back there reminded me of the...

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