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BT Talong is now being developed and field tested in the provinces of Pangasinan, Laguna, Camarines Sur, Ilo-ilo, Southern Leyte, North Cotabato and Davao after the Bureau of Plant Industry approved the application of Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) of University of the Philippines-Los Banos, Laguna according to the Bohol Standard.
IPB is said to have been provided by Mahyco, an Indian-based subsidiary of Monsanto, one of the biggest GMO seed and agro-chemical companies in the world, with materials for field testing of the BT Talong.
Paul Borja of the Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE) said in his paper submitted to Damalerio that “BT Talong refers to a variety of eggplant that has been genetically modified to resist the fruit and shoot borer (FSB), one of the major pests of the eggplant.”
This eggplant variety through genetic modification or artificial altering of genes contains toxin gene from a soil-based bacteria called basillus thuriengencies (BT) and the gene produces a protein called “Cry”, which when ingested or consumed by certain insects particularly their larvae, is able to kill them (insects). Thus, this GMO eggplant is known to have the ability to kill fruit and shoot borer larvae.
Borja said that there appears to more questions than answers about GMO eggplant that involves effects on human health and environment.
One in five of the world's 380,000 plant species is threatened with extinction according to a study recently released by Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London's Natural History Museum and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Monsanto, meanwhile, is everywhere in the world doing what it does best...
The following is from La Via Campesina.
OCTOBER 16TH: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST
AGRIBUSINESS AND MONSANTO