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Join the food conversation this Nutrition Month!

Feature story | July 10, 2015 at 11:45

When we talk of hunger and nutrition issues in the Philippines, many factors come into play, such as poverty, agriculture, access to food, consumption, and our existing food systems. But where do consumers – ordinary people like you and me – fit...

We have the power to shape the future of food and farming

Feature story | October 27, 2015 at 16:58

We have finally launched our #IAmHampasLupa Electoral Campaign, aimed at mobilizing young people to get more involved in our country’s agriculture.

Greenpeace moves to decontaminate Bt eggplant field trial site in the Philippines

Feature story | February 17, 2011 at 12:07

Bay, Laguna, Philippines - A Greenpeace decontamination unit today removed genetically-engineered Bt eggplant, locally known as ‘Talong’, from a field trial site in Barangay Paciano Rizal in Bay, Laguna, and sealed the experimental food crop in...

Green Holiday Tips

Feature story | December 20, 2013 at 13:30

The holidays are a time for family and celebration and these festivities also negatively impact the environment. From the millions decorations that must be disposed of, to the tons of gift wrappers and increase in energy usage to keep the colored...

Earth Day Selfie Challenge

Feature story | April 15, 2014 at 15:57

There hasn’t been a more accurate embodiment of destructive growth than a typical city – a big polluting machine with a ravenous appetite for natural resources.

The 5 Step Detox Programme

Feature story | February 11, 2014 at 12:31

You might ask, what happens after a brand commits to detox? How do these companies ensure they meet their promises and credibly eliminate the toxic little monsters from their clothes and their factories?

Golden Rice a distraction to solving Vitamin A deficiency

Feature story | November 9, 2010 at 15:49

So called ‘golden’ rice will not help in the fight against vitamin A deficiency (VAD) according to a report released by Greenpeace at the International Rice Congress today. The report documents successful measures taken to minimise the impact of...

Greenpeace calls on Philippine government to abandon Bt Talong

Feature story | September 29, 2010 at 20:43

Greenpeace and other members of the Network Opposed to Genetically Modified Organisms (NO2GMOs) today called on the government to immediately stop all field trials of genetically engineered Bt Talong, a.k.a. Bt Eggplant, and follow the example of...

GMO-free Mindoro fights back

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | January 24, 2013

Even before the year started, I was already informed that there are moves from some sectors to reintroduce GM corn in the province of Oriental Mindoro despite provincial ordinance banning its propagation. This move is coming from...

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...

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...

Ecological Agriculture: the future of food production

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | October 16, 2013

Time and again we have heard that business as usual is compromising the health of our environment which then has a profound impact on human health and well-being.  The way humans have unceasingly poisoned our soils, water and air...

Half-truths and wrong premises

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | July 25, 2011

Last July 14, The Truth About Trade & Technology published a blog, entitled “While others strive to feed the world, Greenpeace and activists destroy field trials”, which makes the bold claim that ”Greenpeace and other activist groups...

'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! ...

Pahiyas Festival: A colorful glimpse into our farming roots

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | May 18, 2014

The Philippines has had a long affinity with rice.  Our rice farming history dates back to antiquity, perhaps most vividly manifested in the iconic rice terraces carved into the hillsides of northern Philippines.  At one point in time,...

Cebu Food Diversity Fair

Blog entry by Andrea Xayide Gaurana | October 13, 2014

For an ordinary consumer like me, organic products do not seem commonplace in our readily accessible markets. We’re still stuck in the age of processed food, canned fruits, and packaged, well-labeled vegetables. Although I may have...

My down-to-earth project

Blog entry by Virginia Benosa-Llorin | March 6, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of attending an activity of the Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture in partnership with the Department of Agriculture. It was the launch of a gardening project right inside a vacant lot of a...

The grass is always greener on the other side (as long your neighbor doesn’t use Roundup)

Blog entry by Patrizia Cuonzo | April 23, 2015

Today is Earth Day, and approximately one month since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer, probably causes cancer . In the Netherlands, where I live,...

Why Bianca King went plant-based with her diet – and why you could too

Blog entry by Patricia Aquino and Mikkel Bolante | July 22, 2018

Bianca King has gone green. From her diet, her use (or rather non-use) of plastics, even to the way she spends her vacations doing beach clean-ups, the actress is leading a life that is as mindful as it gets. She calls it “living...

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...

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...

Fear of food

Blog entry by Johanna Fernandez | October 16, 2013

I’d never been one to put a lot of thought into what I eat. It used to be that much of the “thinking” happened in calling to mind what I’m craving for, how much money’s in my pocket, or what’s most accessible at a given moment.

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...

Philippines' secondary staple is contaminated with GMOs

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | November 21, 2013

People in the cities, particularly Manila are probably only aware of one staple: rice. But what we don’t know is that our country has a secondary staple, white corn which is consumed on a regular basis mostly in the Visayas and...

It's not just rice...

Blog entry by AC Dimatatac | March 20, 2007

What do you know about rice? Except for being the staple food of almost the whole world, rice has a lot to offer. Here are some interesting facts about the most popular dish in the world. Enjoy!   Did you know? In Asia,...

GMO producers are taking away consumers' rights

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | March 16, 2014

I once heard a scientist say:  if GMOs are patented because they are different from conventional (normal) crops, why do the companies producing them put a lot of effort into stopping the labelling of goods that use them as ingredients...

Breastfeeding and indigenous food: a mother’s recipe for healthy children

Blog entry by Velvet Escario Roxas | May 11, 2014

Today is Mother’s Day and as a Filipino mother of two girls and Deputy Executive Director of Arugaan, a Filipino NGO which protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding, it is a great opportunity to share our recipe to ensure our...

Farmers face uncertainties because of GMO contamination

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | September 24, 2014

Eugenio Geraldo is a 51-year old farmer from Tomigbong, San Luis in Malitbog, in the province of Bukidnon. He is married and has six children. He started farming as early as 1971 and farming has remained his source of livelihood when...

Food is life. And food is as precious and varied as life itself.

Blog entry by Pat Cuonzo | October 16, 2014

Today's hashtag #WFD2014 marks the day that the world dedicates to food and nutrition. We are celebrating World Food Day with  Ida Frosk's Food Art . Of course, it's easy to celebrate food and its variety if your plate is...

Filipino farmers share 'seeds of hope'

Blog entry by Wilhelmina Pelegrina | December 21, 2014

Ecological farmers in the Philippines have pooled their expertise and resources and travelled close to 600 km (370 miles) to help farmers in Dolores, Eastern Samar, get back on their feet following Typhoon Hagupit. Communities were...

Women and Ecological Agriculture

Blog entry by Jenny Tuazon | March 8, 2015

International Women's Day has been observed for more than a century since it began as a special day to promote equal rights, including suffrage, for women. The story of women's struggle belongs to the collective efforts of all who...

Much ado about MINGO—lifesaving food packets

Blog entry by Virginia Benosa-Llorin | March 17, 2015

Let’s face it, the Philippines is a country more prone to natural calamities and disasters. A recently published report by the risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft said that the Philippines has, unfortunately,  21 out of 100 cities...

#IAmHampasLupa: Back to what really matters

Blog entry by Angelica Carballo-Pago | October 16, 2015 2 comments

Two farmers, different stories. Arthritis-ridden Florencio Urquia wept for his country, a land of almost a hundred million people who seem to forget how to and who tills the soil to produce the food they eat. Last Wednesday, in an...

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...

Food, fasting and the meaning of Ramadan

Blog entry by Francisco Noveda | July 6, 2016

What is the right diet? When do we really need to eat? Protein from meat or protein from vegetables? Slow food or fast food? Organically grown or genetically modified? Halal or Haram ? Countless debates about food happen...

5 reasons you should support the Monsanto Tribunal

Blog entry by Angelica Carballo-Pago | October 13, 2016

A  symbolic trial  being held in The Hague, Netherlands this week could shape the future of the food we eat. Agrochemical giant Monsanto faces people who have suffered from the corporation's greed-driven approach to agriculture.

Celebrating Food for Life

Blog entry by Virginia Llorin | May 15, 2018

Many Catholic countries around the world celebrate the feast of the patron saint of laborers and farmers.  In the Philippines, he is better known as San Isidro Labrador. San Isidro was born to a poor family in Madrid, Spain.  He...

Mabi David, author of 'Paano Kumain ng Kulay?'

Blog entry by Tricia Aquino | November 13, 2018

What does red taste like? How about green, yellow, and blue?  Certified plant-based cook and published writer Mabi David offers these fanciful questions to think about in her new children's book,  Paano Kumain ng Kulay? ...

Greenpeace challenges world leaders to accelerate UN climate negotiations. Chang(e)...

Feature story | September 26, 2009 at 6:00

On the eve of the United Nations climate negotiations in Bangkok, and 72 days before the Copenhagen Climate Summit, Greenpeace today dared world leaders to stand up, show their mettle and take first step toward lasting climate solutions.

Join the global resistance against GMOs

Blog entry by Jenny Tuazon | September 18, 2012

Truth is stranger than fiction Only a couple of decades ago, genetically modified organisms (GMO) would have been something out of science fiction. In the not so distant past, we never imagined we would find on our dinner tables...

Karla Rey, translator of 'Paano Kumain ng Kulay?'

Blog entry by Tricia Aquino | November 15, 2018

When Karla Rey was a child, she would spend weekends in her grandmother's backyard, tending to the garden, propagating cuttings, and picking fresh fruits and vegetables to eat. Mangoes, bananas, star apples, guavas, aratilis, makopa,...

No room on our plates for ‘golden’ rice

Blog entry by Ditdit Pelegrina | October 16, 2012

On the 16th of October, the global community celebrates World Food Day – this year, with a special emphasis on the role of cooperatives in feeding the world. But even as we celebrate the noble ideal, it is important to pay heed to...

24 children used as guinea pigs in genetically engineered "Golden Rice" trial

Blog entry by Monica Tan, Greenpeace East Asia | August 31, 2012

The above picture taken from our 2004 'Rice is Life' tour where we captured images from traditional, chemical-free paddy fields. How would you feel if I told you that a group of scientists had come to the United States, and fed ...

GMO-free Philippines: In the catacombs of broken dreams?

Blog entry by Leonardo Avila, guest blogger | December 11, 2012 1 comment

A very significant event happened this year, that is for those who believe that farming or agriculture must not only provide healthy and abundant food for everyone but must give substantial benefits to the farmers who are the producers...

A Challenge to the Presidential Candidates: How do you solve a problem like El Nino?

Blog entry by Hazel Tanchuling, guest blogger | February 20, 2016

According to experts, El Nino is a cyclical event that is caused by the warming of the eastern equatorial part of the Pacific Ocean. Its effect in the Philippines is dry (below normal rainfall), warm (slightly higher temperature than...

Climate is changing, food and agriculture must too

Blog entry by Wilhemina Pelegrina | October 16, 2016 1 comment

Typhoon Haiyan challenged Filipinos on all fronts. We were witness to the damages it caused to lives and livelihoods. We saw our failure in securing our food and agriculture with the collapse of Tacloban’s food system. We heard stories...

How Plant-based Do You Want Your Diet to Be? Here Are Some Options

Blog entry by Patricia Aquino | August 11, 2018

Filipinos are consuming more meat, and less fruits and vegetables, today. At the same time, more of them are becoming obese and falling ill to heart diseases. The environment is suffering from the rise of meat consumption, too.

Backyard Gardening and Climate Change

Blog entry by Jabez Flores | October 5, 2014

I started my small organic herb and vegetable garden in front of my apartment in mid-2012 with the simple goal of growing pesticide-free vegetables for me and my family. Like any novice backyard gardener, I wanted to find out first if...

Climate change in the eyes of El Nino?

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | October 31, 2015

This year's El Niño can already lay claim to spawning Mexico's record-breaking Hurricane Patricia or contributing to one of the worst ever outbreaks of peatland and forest fires in Indonesia, but it might only be just getting started. ...

Four reasons why communities are beating corporate climate polluters

Blog entry by Desiree Llanos Dee | August 31, 2018

We’re at the critical halfway point in the hearing for the National Inquiry of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) into the responsibility of the largest oil, gas, and coal companies for climate change impacts on the human rights of...

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