Philippine province to remove GMO ban
The Philippine province of Negros Occidental is likely to approve an ordinance promoting the co-existence of various farming systems in the province, including of organic and genetically modified crops, reports Philippine news service BusinessWorld. That would repeal an ordinance banning the use of GMOs, it says. The proposed ordinance states the provincial authority’s policy of respecting farmers’ choices of their own farming system. It would allow the cultivation of GM crops once farmers have obtained biosafety permits from the Bureau of Plant Industry. The Philippine Department of Agriculture has been supportive of biotechnology and provided subsidies to growers of Bt maize in 2007 (Agrow No 532, p18). The country expects to commence the commercial cultivation of GM fruit and shoot borer-resistant aubergines and GM papaya ring-spot virus-resistant papayas this year ( Agrow No 540, p 21).