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Virtual Tech Forum to Tackle Environmental Impact of GM Crops

November 18, 2020

To help stakeholders understand the impact of genetically modified (GM) crops on the environment, a technical forum on Greener Greens: Environmental Impact of Biotech Crops will be held on November 23, 2020, 2-4 PM (GMT+8) via Zoom. The technical forum is one of the activities for the 16th National Biotechnology Week (NBW2020) in the Philippines.

The NBW2020 celebration is led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in collaboration with other government agencies and partner institutions. The technical forum is expected to equip the stakeholders with evidence-based knowledge on the environmental impact of GM crops to guide them in informed decision making related to technology acceptance and applications. Graham Brookes, an agricultural economics expert and one of the Directors of PG Economics, will tackle the highlights of their report on the environmental impact of GM crops from 1996 to 2018. Dr. Merdelyn Lit from the University of the Philippines Los Baños Institute of Plant Breeding will discuss the results of studies on the contributions of biotechnology to the environment.

The technical forum is organized by SEARCA, the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines, CropLife Asia, the Program for Biosafety Systems, IRRI, the Philippine Rice Research Institute, the DA-Biotechnology Program Office, and ISAAA. Registration to the virtual technical forum is open to the public and free of charge.

Register now via Zoom.

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