Philippine Supreme Court rebuffs Greenpeace, opens path for GMO eggplant commercialization

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The [Philippine] Supreme Court on [July 25] set aside its December ruling that stopped the field trials of genetically modified eggplants and halted the issuance of new permits on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The Dec. 8, 2015 decision had demanded an overhaul of previous rules on GMOs, forcing the government to draw up new regulations earlier this year and triggering criticism from the scientific community.

But, in a rare complete reversal, the high court unanimously granted the nine motions for reconsideration appealing the said decision.

It issued a new ruling dismissing “on the ground of mootness” the petition for writ of continuing mandamus and writ of kalikasan filed by Greenpeace Southeast Asia (Philippines) and Magsasaka at Siyentipiko sa Pagpapaunlad ng Agrikultura, among others.

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Agreeing with the appeals, the high court now said that it should have junked Greenpeace’s case to stop the field trials of Bt eggplant, because the tests have been completed and terminated and the biosafety permits expired in 2012. . . .

Related article:  European court appears poised to rule that gene edited crops should not be regulated as GMOs

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Supreme Court opens door for GMO research

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