Biotech Updates

Food Evolution Enlightens Filipino Students and Stakeholders on Global GMO Discussion

November 22, 2017

Around 400 high school and college students and faculty in Laguna, as well as regulators, researchers and scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), were informed about various perspectives on the international debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the special screening of the documentary film Food Evolution held on November 21, 2017 at DL Umali Hall, UPLB, College, Laguna. Food Evolution is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson and features GMOs and its food products, their contribution to food security, and how misinformation affects public perception despite being scientifically documented in terms of safety and benefits. The film showing was an activity for the 13th National Biotechnology Week which is celebrated on November 20-24, 2017 at Fisher Mall, Quezon City.

After the film, the audience commended the balanced presentation of pro and anti-biotech sentiments. They also asked the scientists about the safety of GM crop planting and research. UPLB genetics professor Dr. Rita Laude emphasized that GM crops in the market have been rigorously studied and tested by regulators.

The activity was organized by SEARCA BIC, ISAAA, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), CropLife Asia, CropLife Philippines, Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines, University of the Philippines League of Agricultural Biotechnology Students (UP LABS), and UP Genetic Researchers and Agricultural Innovators Society (UP GRAINS).

For more information, visit the SEARCA BIC website.