Filipino farmers fight against ruling on Bt crops

The Supreme Court in the Philippines has been asked to nullify a decision of the Court of Appeals stopping the field-testing of genetically modified eggplants or Bt talong.

A group of farmers from Pangasinan and Bukidnon stressed that the Court of Appeals decision issued in September last year violated their constitutional right to property and to protection of their means of livelihood. They said they have known the benefits of the genetically modified eggplants, having significantly benefited from them by shifting from farming of conventional maize or corn to the cultivation of the commercially successful Bt corn.

The petitioners pointed out that roughly 40 percent of total eggplants they harvested are rejected for being unmarketable due to the damage caused by the eggplant fruit and shoot borer. They lamented that the CA ruling dismissed the tremendous potential of Bt technology in improving crop productivity.

Read the full, original article: Farmers reject CA ruling on Bt crops

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