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CropLife admitted as party to Philippine Bt aubergine case

The Philippines’ Supreme Court has admitted industry association CropLife Philippines as a party to the case involving genetically modified insect-resistant Bt eggplants (aubergines), reports the Philippine newspaper, The Manila Bulletin. The country’s Court of Appeal suspended field trials being carried out on the GM line by the University of the Philippines (Los Banos). CropLife has expressed apprehension that the decision set a “dangerous precedent” and could have an impact on Bt maize as well, which has been cultivated since 2002. That could lead to research investment moving out of the country. The association says that while suspending the trial, the Court of Appeals did not find any particular violation of any environmental law or explain its belief of an environmental harm caused by the trials.

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