BT Eggplant Looks Plump and Yummy
(Photo Credit: http://gm.org)
Eggplants are one of the more common crops being planted in the country, and it has become part of the regular diet of many Filipinos. One of the enemies of the said crop are the fruit and shoot borers.
The scientific name of this genetically modified crop is Bacillus Thuringiensis - thus the nickname "BT Eggplant." According to numerous studies, this GM crop is indeed effective in doing what it's supposed to do.
Higher yields have resulted in the planting of the said crop during testing. Also, the higher yield comes about with less financial expenses on the part of the farmer. The environmental impact of growing the eggplant is also lessened.
Why We Shouldn't Plant BT Eggplants in the Philippines Yet
(Photo Credit: Greenpeace photograph from http://urbanhomestead.com)
Also, international studies such as that from France have proven that this specific GM crop is unsafe for human consumption. In India, the planting of BT Eggplants was even banned until such a time that more studies confirming the healthiness of the said crop arise.
These only some of the many reasons why numerous farmers, environmental groups, and concerned individuals are protesting against the field testing of the said crop in the country. Hopefully, the government will act on these complaints and concrete research from other countries.
- "Farmers Protest BT Eggplant Testing" by ML Marigza @ Dateline Philippines Website
- "Experts Back Commercialization of BT Eggplant" by ngamolo @ All Voices Website