GAIN Report on Philippine BiotechSeptember 26, 2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service has released the Global Agricultural Information Network Report for the Philippines. The Biotechnology Situation Outlook reports that the country remains a regional biotech leader and provides policy perspectives for other developing countries.
A total of 32 transformation events and 28 stacked-trait products have been approved for direct use as food, feed or for propagation. An estimated 300,000 farmers planted genetically modified corn on 685,000 hectares. The area planted to corn and number of farmers are expected to increase again in 2012.
Intensified activities of anti-biotech groups have been noted including efforts to pass a mandatory GMO-labelling bill and block commercialization of Bt eggplant and Golden Rice.
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