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Philippines upbeat on GM (genetically modified) rice

The Philippines Department of Agriculture claims that most farmers and consumers would be willing to grow and buy genetically modified rice. In view of the findings of a recent survey, Alicia Ilaga, director of the Department's Biotechnology Program Office, says that she will commit funding to research and development on GM rice. The upbeat forecast comes despite a recent court ruling to suspend temporarily the evaluation process for Bayer CropScience's herbicide-tolerant GM rice line (see this page).



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