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Do judges know better than mothers what their children should eat? In the Philippines, apparently they do. Or at least they think they do. Last month, my country’s Court of Appeals stopped field tests on genetically modified eggplants—crops that I would happily feed my own children and grandchildren.
We’ve been eating GM crops for years. I grow them on my farm in San Jacinto during the dry season. They’re such excellent crops that I plant them on the 12 hectares that I own and also rent an additional 3.5 hectares.
I’ve also grown eggplants. They’re the leading vegetable crop in the Philippines, where we call them talong. Mothers like me can cook talong a hundred different ways, but one of everybody’s favorite dishes is called pinakbet. Talong is a main ingredient, along with other vegetables as well as fish or shrimp, all stirred together in a hot and delicious mix.
Read the full post here: A Filipino Mother and Farmer Wants to Place GE Eggplant on Her Table