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).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Department of Agriculture – Region XI and SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center convened the UPLB Scientists and Davao Journalists to engage in meaningful interactions on science innovations and science-based reporting.
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.
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.
-OPEN to all Filipino Nationals except the staff of ISAAA and SEARCA and their immediate relatives. Joining the contest is free of charge.
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:
– 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%
* Musical Scoring
Relevance to the Theme: 20%
VIDEO SHOWING AND PRIZE-GIVING
The winning entries were shown during the 10th National Biotechnology Week celebration on November 24-28, 2014.
“Biotech in Everyday Life” Professional
1st place – Php 70,000
2nd place – Php 30,000
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
1st place – Php 50,000
2nd place – Php 20,000
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.
This brochure answers frequently asked questions about biotechnology and its applications such as such as its scientific basis, various biotechnology tools used, its importance, and some basic facts about genetically modified crops.
PUBLISHED BY: SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center
Eggplant production accounts for nearly one-third of the total volume of the top vegetables grown in the
Philippines. Current productivity, however, is about only half 0f the average yield in Asia and the world. Such low
productivity is attributed to the devastating damage caused by the eggplant fruit and shoot borer. In 2003,
research started in the development of a biotech eggplant, Bt eggplant, with built-in resistance to the fruit
and shoot borer. Promising varieties of this biotech eggplant are currently under advanced stage evaluation
for horticultural performance and biosafety.
PUBLISHED BY: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications and the SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture
CITATION: Gerpacio, Roberta V. and Albert P. Aquino (eds). 2014. Socioeconomic Impacts of Bt Eggplant: Ex-ante Case Studies in the Philippines. International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Ithaca, New York, USA and SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
This book presents the findings of completed ex-ante studies on the market prospects and potential economic, health, and environmental impacts 0f Bt eggplant in the Philippines. These analyses are complemented by studies on pesticide use, costs and returns of conventional eggplant production, and supply chains In eggplant
marketing. Ali the studies were conducted in major eggplant-producing provinces in the country, and used both primary and secondary data and information.
Cartoons and other popular art forms such as comic strips and animation can sometimes be more powerful than words in conveying messages. They go beyond just giving information. By reflecting on popular contemporary ideas, cartoons elicit emotions that encourage interest, inquiry, and empathy.
Readers are attracted to cartoons because of its subtle humor and ability to communicate several messages in a visual and simple way.
PUBLISHED BY: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotechnology Applications (ISAAA)
CITATION: Navarro, Mariechel, Kristine Natividad, Sophia Mercado, and Jenny Panopio. 2012. Visual
Representation of Science: How Cartoonists Define Biotechnology. International Service for the
Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for
Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA): Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines.
A study conducted by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) aimed to determine how cartoonists in Philippine national newspapers “define” biotechnology. A sample of cartoons published during 2000-2009 were analyzed as to message, tone (negative, positive or neutral), and use of frame, visual metaphor, and symbols. Absence of concrete products and unfamiliarity with the topic in the initial years of media coverage resulted in cartoons that favored the use of the fear appeal.
Aside from the Philippines, other countries within the ISAAA biotech information network such as China, Kenya, and India are using different cartoon formats to help popularize crop biotechnology concepts and issues.
Biotechnology crops have been the center of public concern for a time. Critics have raised many issues against these crops which being devoid of scientific evidence have failed to gain ground. On the contrary, after more than 15 years of commercial use, biotech crops have demonstrated the immense benefits they can contribute in terms of economic productivity, environmental protection, and upliftment of the welfare of poor farmers in many parts of the world.
PUBLISHED BY: College of Development Communication, UP Los Baños (CDC-UPLB) The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
CITATION: Torres, Cleofe S., Edmund G. Centeno, Romel A. Daya, Ma. Teresita B. Osalia, and Juvy N. Gopela. 2012. Adoption and Update Pathways of Biotechnology Crops: The Case of Biotech Farmers in Selected Provinces of Luzon. College of Development Communication, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) SEAsiaCenter, and SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA): Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
But are the farmers adopting biotech crops aware of these benefits even before they start to plant these crops? With minimal or no knowledge at all on its purported benefits, how do they come to embrace such crops? Who influences them to try out the biotech crops and how is their adoption sustained? What are the dynamics of knowledge seeking and sharing among them? These are the key questions that this study probes into.
Complementing the statistics, the study also attempts to capture the process that the farmers go through as they acquire and eventually apply the knowledge and practices pertaining to cultivation of biotech corn. Beyond adoption, the study further elaborates on the dynamics of how farmers share their experience, good or bad, with other farmers in and outside their communities. There is indeed a variety of uptake pathways among farmer groups. It is noteworthy, that they do exhibit a certain pattern, and this is a growth point for new learning on the social processes that govern the farmers’ behavior towards biotech crops.
The book presents case studies that offer unique and rich examples of how countries have been able to guide through the ‘drama’ of crop biotechnology as they shepherd innovations from the laboratory, greenhouse trials, multi-location trials, and to farmers’ fields.
PUBLISHED BY: The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
CITATION: Navarro, Mariechel J. and Randy A. Hautea. 2011. Communication Challenges and Convergence in Crop Biotechnology. International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA): Ithaca, New York and SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA): Los Baños, Philippines.
Likewise, it documents how countries, mostly in the developing world, have addressed communication challenges in the research and development process, and in some cases, actual commercialization of biotech crops. From the experiences of these countries emerge lessons learned which contribute to a better appreciation and understanding of the crucial role of science communication in the laboratory to farmers’ field continuum.
This book, published by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, features 49 collective stories from 14 countries, and was written by 19 authors from ISAAA’s Global Knowledge Center (KC) and the Biotechnology Information Centers (BICs). It highlights well-documented stories from different stakeholders on the benefits of crop biotechnology and the ways by which the ISAAA’s global knowledge sharing network responded to their need for accurate, and science-based information on crop biotechnology.
PUBLISHED BY: The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).
CITATION: Navarro, Mariechel J. (Ed.) 2009. Communicating Crop Biotechnology: Stories from Stakeholders. ISAAA Brief No. 40. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY.
Here are some of the collective stories from Filipino academics, scientists, religious personalities, farmers and technology adoptors, media practitioners, and NGOs whom the SEARCA BIC and ISAAA KC have greatly contributed to their awareness, understanding, and acceptance of the technology:
Rosalie Ellasus: Lady Corn Farmer Goes International
Edwin Paraluman: Walking Tall in Biotech Debate
Melody Aguiba: Multi-Awarded Science Writer
Edita Burgos: Revolutionizing Media’s Role in Biotech Advocacy
Academics and Scientists:
Dr. Emil Javier: Tral Blazing Biotech in the Philippines
Cynthia Hedreyda: Molding Students into Future Scientists
Fr. Emmanuel Alparce: The Morality of Genetic Engineering
The UPLB Genetics and Cell Biological Societies: Sharing Biotech Information to Students
Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines: Advancing Biotechnology through Partnerships
To read these articles, click on the listing below:
To obtain a copy of and to learn more about this publication, please contact:
ISAAA Global Knowledge Center
c/o IRRI DAPO Box 7777
Metro Manila, Republic of the Philippines
Telefax: +63 49 536-7216 / +63 2 845-0606