INFOGRAPHICS: Philippine biotech/GM crops adoption in 2016

INFOGRAPHICS: Philippine biotech/GM crops adoption in 2016

The Philippines was first country in Southeast Asia to plant biotech corn in 2003 after its approval for commercial planting in 2002.  An estimated of 6.03 million hectares of land in the country was planted with biotech corn since then.

This infographics describes the Philippine adoption of biotech/GM crops in 2016.  Despite a temporary decline in biotech/GM corn area in 2015, the Philippines has quickly rebounded production in 2016, when adoption rates for the crop increased due to the enormous benefits enjoyed by Filipino consumers, farmers and their families.

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Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Ms. Kristine Grace Natividad-Tome, a biotech communicator (Philippines)

Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Ms. Kristine Grace Natividad-Tome, a biotech communicator (Philippines)

Ms. Kristine Grace Natividad-Tome, Program Associate of Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) discusses the knowledge sharing initiatives of ISAAA on all aspects of crop biotechnology for all stakeholders, including consumers, farmers, policy makers, scientists, and the media in Philippines and other developing countries.

Listen to the interview of Radyo ng Bayan with Ms. Tome that was aired in DZRB Radyo ng Bayan, 738 kHZ on 6 January 2017.

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Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Charles Anthony Vega, DILG official (Philippines)

Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Charles Anthony Vega, DILG official (Philippines)

Listen to the interview of Radyo Teknolohiya with Mr. Charles Anthony Vega, Local Government Operations Officer III of the Bureau of Local Government Supervision-Department of Interior Local Government (DILG), Philippines as he talks about the local government initiatives and his views on the Joint Department Circular, a new biotech policy in the country that supersedes the Administrative Order No. 8.

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Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Dr. Maribel Zaporteza, a biotech R&D official (Philippines)

Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Dr. Maribel Zaporteza, a biotech R&D official (Philippines)

Dr. Maribel Zaporteza, the Deputy Program Director of the Philippine Genome Center shares her perspective on genetic engineering and GMOs during the interview of Ms. Melly Tenorio, Radio Program Anchor of Radyo ng Bayan aired in DZRB Radyo ng Bayan, 738 kHZ on 28 October 2016.

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Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Fr. Noli Alparce, a Filipino priest

Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Fr. Noli Alparce, a Filipino priest

Fr. Emmanuel Noli Alparce, a Filipino Catholic priest, tackles the moral and ethical stance of the Catholic Church on biotechnology and shares his experiences in biotech advocacy in the Philippines.  He was appointed in 2014 as a member of the technical committee on information, education and communication of the Department of Agriculture’s biotechnology program on agriculture and fisheries, and in 2001 was selected to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US State Department to study biotechnology, agriculture and food safety in the United States.

Here’s the interview of Radyo Teknolohiya with Fr. Noli that was aired in DZRB Radyo ng Bayan, 738 kHZ on 14 October 2016.

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Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Joseph Benemerito, biotech farmer (Philippines)

Radyo Teknolohiya: Interview with Joseph Benemerito, biotech farmer (Philippines)


Joseph Benemerito
, a biotech corn farmer from Alfonso Lista, Ifugao, Philippines, shares his experiences in biotech corn farming and how biotechnology improve his life.  Listen to the interview of Ms. Melly Tenorio, Radio Program Anchor of Radyo Teknolohiya, aired in DZRB Radyo ng Bayan, 738 kHZ on 26 August 2016.

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Contribution of biotech crops to food security, sustainability, and climate change

Contribution of biotech crops to food security, sustainability, and climate change

From 1996 to 2014, biotech crops contributed to Food Security, Sustainability and the Environment/Climate Change by: increasing crop production valued at US$150 billion; providing a better environment, by saving 584 million kg a.i. of pesticides; in 2014 alone, reducing CO2 emissions by 27 billion kg, equivalent to taking 12 million cars off the road for one year; conserving biodiversity by saving 152 million hectares of land from 1996-2014; and helped alleviate poverty for ~16.5 million small farmers and their families totaling ~65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world. Biotech crops are essential but are not a panacea – adherence to good farming practices such as rotations and resistance management, are a must for biotech crops as they are for conventional crops.

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Source: ISAAA Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology (http://isaaa.org/kc)

Biotech crops adoption in 2015

Biotech crops adoption in 2015

Following a remarkable run of 19 years of consecutive yearly growth from 1996 to 2014, the annual global hectarage of biotech crops peaked at 181.5 million in 2014, compared with 179.7 million hectares in 2015, equivalent to a net marginal year-to-year decrease of 1.0% between 2014 and 2015. Some countries increased their total plantings, whilst others reduced their hectarage principally due to the current low prices of commodity crops; these hectarage decreases are likely to revert to higher hectarage levels when crop prices improve. The global hectarage of biotech crops increased 100-fold from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 179.7 million hectares in 2015, making biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in recent times.

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Source: ISAAA Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology (http://isaaa.org/kc)

Biotech Corn in the Philippines: A Country Profile

Biotech Corn in the Philippines:  A Country Profile

This monograph covers the extracted and modified section of ISAAA Brief 49: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014 .  It features a comprehensive overview of the adoption, impact and future prospects of biotech crops in the Philippines.

PUBLISHED BY:  International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center.

CITATION:  Aldemita, Rhodora R., Villena, Maria Monina Cecilia A., and Clive James. 2015. Biotech Corn in the Philippines:  A Country Profile. Los Baños, Laguna: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture - Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC).

 

SUMMARY

Biotech corn adoption in the Philippines increased at an average of 5% annually since it was planted in 2003. The Philippine regulatory system established since 1992, revised and updated in 1999, 2002, and 2006 with various amendments and supporting memoranda set the adoption of biotech corn in the Philippines. Research institutions that were established to conduct research on biotechnology have been amply supported by government and
international sources. Scientists and government continue to support biotech crop research in the Philippines with locally-developed biotech crops in the pipeline: beta carotene-enriched rice, insect resistant eggplant and cotton, and virus resistant papaya. Farmers and farmer leaders express support for biotech crops and share their stories on how they are benefiting from the technology.

Download PDF copy of this monograph.

Water For Sustainable Growth: How Biotechnology Crops Are One Solution

Water For Sustainable Growth: How Biotechnology Crops Are One Solution

Over the weekend, more than 2,500 of the world’s experts, practitioners, policymakers and business innovators began to gather in Sweden to advance thinking and develop solutions to our planet’s most critical natural resource, water. The theme for the 25th World Water Week meeting, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), is “Water for Sustainable Growth.”

The world’s leading thinkers and doers will build on the decisive sustainability actions of the past year, the United Nation’s agenda for 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Conference of the Parties agreement made in Paris (COP21), and collaborate on how today’s innovation in water stewardship will help us produce food, energy and jobs well into the future. They will all bring different solutions to address the challenge of our age: doing more with less.

Every day, our farmers are using new tools and technology to do more with less so they can solve for water efficiency. One of our farmers, Lawson Mozley, is a sixth generation farmer whose family has farmed the same land in the Florida Panhandle since the 1850s. For Mozley and other farmers, water is critical to delivering their mission to feed their families, communities and the world.

“For farmers, water represents balance. Not enough and our crops won’t grow. Too much, and they will drown and we will lose nutrients as they flow away.” Drought and water scarcity, on the rise since the 1970s, are challenging farmers to use less water to grow more food. And many are turning to biotechnology and GM crops to protect the sustainability of their natural resources and their livelihoods.

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Infographic courtesy of GMOAnswers.com

Farmers like Mozley embrace biotechnology solutions because they offer tools to help them use less water and breed stronger, more drought-tolerant plants. The use of herbicide resistant GM crops allows them to adopt conservation tillage or no-till practices, which preserves nutrients and increases the amount of water the land can store. Mozley says that “preserving soil and water resources is key to agricultural sustainability. For generations, my family has used the best technology available to preserve the land and water that we depend on.”

From the Florida Panhandle to the African nation of Tanzania, more farmers are looking to change what they plant and how they farm to combat severe drought that results from the extreme changes in weather patterns. Dr. Esther Ngumbi, a research scientist at Auburn University and Kenyan native, believes biotechnology can have a hand in helping farmers both in the U.S. and in her homeland thrive in the face of adversity. “As they face a continuous decline of rainfall and recurring droughts, African farmers will need all the tools and resources they can get to adapt to the effects of climate change. Biotechnology will continue to play a big role and farmers should be open to considering planting genetically modified crop varieties that have been bred to grow with minimal amounts of water.”

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http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Farmers, no matter where they are located, all face the balancing act of feeding the hungry and caring for the land. The efficient and thoughtful use of water is critical to our farmers’ ability to deliver on their two-pronged missions, and the effectiveness of GMOs and GM crops has earned an important place in farming toolboxes.

-Written by Kate Hall in Forbes.com.  Kate Hall is managing director of the Council for Biotechnology Information and GMO Answers spokesperson.  See article link here.

Dr. Lourdes Taylo talks about Bt Eggplant in ‘Good Morning, Pilipinas!’

Dr. Lourdes Taylo talks about Bt Eggplant in ‘Good Morning, Pilipinas!’

 

Dr. Lourdes Taylo, scientist from the University of the Philippines Los Banos – Institute of Plant Breeding, shared the potential benefits of the development of Bt eggplant in the Philippines in the morning show, “Good Morning, Pilipinas!”, aired on local TV channel (PTV 4) in the country last 12 August 2016.

BIOTECH SHORTIES: Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant (1st Prize, Amateur)

BIOTECH SHORTIES: Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant (1st Prize, Amateur)


1st Prize, Amateur: Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant
Michaella Louise V. Candelario
University of the Philippines Los Banos / UP Agricultural Society

 


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BIOTECH SHORTIES: Biotech in Everyday Life (1st Prize, Amateur)

BIOTECH SHORTIES: Biotech in Everyday Life (1st Prize, Amateur)


1st Prize, Amateur: Biotech in Everyday Life
Marielle C. Cruz
Polytechnic University of the Philippines

 


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BIOTECH SHORTIES: Biotech in Everyday Life (2nd Prize, Professional)

BIOTECH SHORTIES: Biotech in Everyday Life (2nd Prize, Professional)

2nd Prize: Biotech in Everyday Life
Alvin Quiel C. Sabanal

Calamba, Laguna

 


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BIOTECH SHORTIES: Biotech in Everyday Life (1st Prize, Professional)

BIOTECH SHORTIES: Biotech in Everyday Life (1st Prize, Professional)

1st Place, Professional: Biotech in Everyday Life
Anna Cherylle Ramos
University of Sto. Tomas

 


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BIOTECH SHORTIES: Video-making Contest

BIOTECH SHORTIES: Video-making Contest

Organized by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture – Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC) in celebration of Philippines National Biotechnology Week in 2014, the “Biotech Shorties” seeked to express the perspectives of film makers on the benefits of modern biotechnology in agriculture through three-minute videos or “shorties.” Contestants focused on any of the two themes: ”Biotech in Everyday Life” and “Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant.”

“Biotech in Everyday Life” delves into documented benefits and applications of modern biotechnology. These may include actual and/or potential benefits, products, and impact of applying crop biotechnology in agriculture.

“Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant” focuses on the potential advantages of the insect-resistant Bt eggplant for farmers and consumers.

ELIGIBILITY
-OPEN to all Filipino Nationals except the staff of ISAAA and SEARCA and their immediate relatives. Joining the contest is free of charge.

CATEGORIES:

Professional and Amateur. The Professional category covers practicing film makers. The Amateur category is limited to ENROLLED undergraduate and high school students. The contestant/s must indicate in his/her entry the chosen theme and category.

GUIDELINES FOR ENTRIES
An entry should be a narrative in video format with a minimum playing time of two (2) minutes and a maximum playing time of three (3) minutes. Entries may be in English or Filipino. They may be live-action, animation or a combination of both. The messages of the videos must be based on proven facts. Contestants may use original, royalty-free, or copyrighted music for the videos. However, contestants who will use copyrighted music must submit a permit to use. A contestant may join in both themes, but may only submit one entry per theme.

File formats: mpeg, mp4, or avi. The file name of each entry should follow this format: category_lastname_firstname (Example: amateur_delacruz_juan.avi).

Entries were submitted in sealed envelope containing the following:
(1) Two (2) soft copies of the entry saved in separate CDs or flash disks.
(2) Sheet of paper with the following details, where appropriate:

– Name
– Age
– Signature
– School/Organization
– Position (if applicable)
– Contact numbers
– E-mail address
– Mailing address
– Topic – “Biotech in Everyday Life” or “Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant”
– Category – Professional or Amateur

(3) Permit to use if copyrighted music was used in the entry.

The contestant indicated his or her category on the upper left corner of the envelope.

CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
All video entries in both categories were judged based the following criteria:

Original Concept: 40%
Creative Production: 40%
* Directing
* Cinematography
* Musical Scoring
Relevance to the Theme: 20%
100%

Check out and ‘Like’ our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/BiotechShorties .

VIDEO SHOWING AND PRIZE-GIVING
The winning entries were shown during the 10th National Biotechnology Week celebration on November 24-28, 2014.

PRIZES:

“Biotech in Everyday Life”
Professional
1st place – Php 70,000
2nd place – Php 30,000

Amateur
1st place – Php 50,000
2nd place – Php 20,000

“Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant”
Professional
1st place – Php 70,000
2nd place – Php 30,000

Amateur
1st place – Php 50,000
2nd place – Php 20,000

COPYRIGHT
ISAAA and SEARCA BIC have the copyright and exclusive use to publish online, reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of all the entries for knowledge sharing initiatives and science popularization activities without further compensation to the artists.


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BIOTECH SHORTIES: Video-making Contest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p33KDdF7G0E Organized by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for ...
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BIOTECH SHORTIES: Biotech in Everyday Life (1st Prize, Professional)

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BIOTECH SHORTIES: Biotech in Everyday Life (2nd Prize, Professional)

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BIOTECH SHORTIES: Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant (1st Prize, Amateur)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPG_PBu9w0Y 1st Prize, Amateur: Potential Benefits of Bt Eggplant Michaella Louise V. Candelario University of the Philippines Los Banos / ...
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