Two international non-government organization campaigners yesterday brought the argument on the production and use of genetically-modified products, particularly crops, to the basic considerations of natural living and ethics.
Lilibeth Aruelo of the Third World Network and Greenpeace Southeast Asia sustainable agriculture campaigner Daniel Ocampo said the continuing debate on GMO’s boils down to the fact that organic crops could never be paired with materials foreign to their genetic make up.
Aruelo and Ocampo were in Bacolod City yesterday as part of their international advocacy drive against GMO’s in celebration of the Environment Week.
concerns now with SP
Negros Occidental Gov. Isidro Zayco yesterday said he has forwarded the recommendation of the ad hoc committee tasked to study the ordinance banning Genetically Modified Organisms and concerns of the Philippine Sugar Research Institute Foundation to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for action.
Board Member Adolfo Mangao, ad hoc committee chairman, earlier said he recommended to Zayco the continued ban on the entry of living genetically modified organisms into Negros Occidental, and the extension of the transitory provision for non-living GMOs until the provincial government has the capability to detect them.
Farmers’ ‘water school’ opens
The outreach program of the Sugar Regulatory Administration will again conduct a series of seminars on Sugarcane Farm Management to enhance efficiency and sustainability of sugarcane production from July to September 2009, an SRA press release said.
The seminars will be held at the SRA facility in La Granja, La Carlota City, with the first batch slated July 14 to 16.
Cost reduction measures, organic farming updates, vermin-composting, bio-organic fertilizer production, beneficial micro-organism application, and the use of indigenous fertilizers as alternatives to chemical fertilizers, the press release said.