OPINION: Must we fear GMOs or start listening to science?

AS we are bombarded by scare tactics against plants with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) like Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn and Bt eggplant, we do not realize that almost everything we eat, many of the medicines we take, the cotton-based apparel we wear, the detergents we use in washing clothes and many of the beverages and processed canned goods we take are already genetically modified (GM).

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BusinessMirror bags most awards in biotech journalism

The BusinessMirror garnered the most number of awards—four—at the 11th Jose G. Burgos Jr. Awards for Biotechnology Journalism during the awarding ceremonies held at a hotel in Quezon City on November 22.

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Our demographic sweet spot

At the recent 13th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration, where I was awarded as one of seven Filipino Faces of Biotechnology, I spoke about the Philippines’ demographic “sweet spot,” which began in 2015 and would run until 2053. This is the demographic state where the size of a country’s working-age population is relatively larger than its dependents (or those who are too young or too old to work). At this point, a country holds immense potential to achieve breakthrough growth through greater productivity, higher savings rate, and increased creativity.

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Burgos paintings showcased at Biotech Week

JOSE “Sonny” T. Burgos III, farmer-visual artist and eldest son of press freedom icon Joe Burgos, Jr. will be showcasing 12 of his acrylic paintings during the National Biotechnology Week on November 20-24 at the Expo Hall 1 of the Fisher Mall, Quezon City.

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Philippines: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

The Philippines continues to be a regional biotechnology leader. Bt eggplant remains poised as the first locally-developed, genetically-engineered (GE) crop to be commercialized while field trials of Golden Rice (GR) are expected in the near-term future, the exact timeline of which is unknown. Although there have been delays in the processing of biosafety applications under the regulatory process known as Joint Departmental Circular (JDC) there have been no reported trade disruptions. Improvements in the implementation of the JDC regulations are expected starting late 2017 with the issuance of harmonized inter-agency procedures.

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DNA laboratory set for researches, trainings

The Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas Campus (PSHS-EVC) has received the chance of a lifetime to produce scientific researches, courtesy of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge (BJC) DNA Molecular Biology laboratory.

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From brown to green: DENR battles environmental issues through biotech

As the research bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) conducts various researches to help protect and preserve the environment. The ERDB takes advantage of the plant-microorganism relationships in developing biofertilizer that are useful to produce quality planting materials.

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National Biotechnology Week kicks off on November 20

National Biotechnology Week (NBW) will kicks off on November 20, at the Expo Hall 1 fourth floor, Fisher Mall, Quezon City. Themed “Bioteknolohiya para sa Kalikasan, Kalusugan, Kagandahan, Kabuhayan, at Kaunlaran:Lamang ang Masa at Magsasaka sa Limang ‘K’ ng Bioteknolohiya!” activities will run through until November 24.

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National Biotechnology Week 2017 highlights contribution of biotechnology to farmers and masses; DOST to join the celebration

QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila- The various agencies of the Philippine government will hold the 13th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration on 20-24 November 2017 at the Fisher Mall EXPO HALL, Fourth Floor, Quezon Ave., cor. Roosevelt Ave., Quezon City.

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Strengthening support for biotechnology in PHL

In its September 15 issue, the BusinessMirror cited diocesan priest Fr. Emmanuel Alparce, a member of the Department of Agriculture Biotech Program Technical Committee on Information, Education and Communication, who said that lawmakers should be open-minded about the biotechnological developments being conducted in the country that seek to curb poverty and improve the lives of Filipinos.

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