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.
“Even after thousands of years, organic and non-organic cannot mate, to put it bluntly. They can never produce an offspring together,” Ocampo said, stressing that the dangers of GMO’s may not be apparent right now but the public should not wait for them to take place.
“To put it simply, it’s about ethics,” Aruelo said, adding that from the term itself, GMO’s are not natural and are contrary to what humans have lived with before they were invented.
She pointed out that humans have survived through the years without GMO’s and that the continuing cultivation and use of these products are just fueled by the desire of their proponents to profit.*PP