GMO rice: a threat to every Filipino

Page - March 12, 2007

GMO rice: a threat to every Filipino

GMO rice: a threat to every Filipino

No to GMO riceThe Philippines is known as a centre of origin and biodiversity of rice and rice is the Filipino's most important food. But very few Filipinos are aware that GMO-tainted rice is already in our supermarkets, and that we may be eating GMO rice sooner than we think-whether we like it or not.

At present, no country has approved GMO rice except the US where it is still not commercially grown. But last year, several strains of GMO rice still unapproved for human consumption were found to have already tainted rice and rice products around the world. This created major outrage, prompting rice dealers and importers in Europe and Asia to reject GMO rice imports and commit to GMO-free production and importation.

In the Philippines, Greenpeace discovered last year that an imported US rice brand, Uncle Sam Texas Long Grain Rice (distributed by Purefeeds Inc.), was contaminated with Bayer LL601, rice resistant to the powerful weed-killer glufosinate, and is illegal and unapproved for human consumption. The GMO-tainted rice remains in the market despite demands for the Department of Agriculture to recall the GMO.

Now, the Bureau of Plant Industry is reviewing an application that will allow the use of Bayer LL62, a GMO rice also resistant to glufosinate, for direct use in food, feed and processing in the Philippines. If approved the Philippines will be the first rice eating country, and the first country outside of the US, where GMO rice is approved.

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Greenpeace is opposed to the approval of the GMO Bayer LL62. Greenpeace believes that GMO rice should never be allowed to enter our food supply—its impact on our most important food crop would be disastrous.