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).
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.
HOW does food security be achieved?
There’s a variety of ways, but never a lone key for this global threat. One technology that can complement with the existing solutions is biotechnology.
Biotechnology has allowed Filipino scientists to hasten the development of new crop varieties, cutting breeding processes by at least five years, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The Department of Agriculture (DA) Biotech Program Office honored six champions of biotechnology during the holding of its Second Filipino Faces of Biotechnology Appreciation Night.
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.
ACE June Rell Perez, SunStar Davao’s social media strategist/editor, won in the Jose G. Burgos Jr. Awards for biotechnology journalism held on November 22 at Brentwood Suites in Quezon City.
Genetically modified food is as safe as traditionally-cultivated and organic food and has additional nutrients to supplement the needs of common Filipino families, according to scientists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) joins the 13th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) celebration starting this Monday.
Following a multi-year slump, the Philippine cotton industry is anticipating a renaissance through the help of an innovative, science-based crop that farmers began planting this month.
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.
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.
The world’s pioneering organically-grown eggplant has been produced by Filipino breeders, ushering in a new agriculture age of nature-friendly, biodiversity-enhancing, and pesticide-free vegetable production.
Producing pesticide-free eggplants in the Philippines is now possible, according to field-trial reports released for the first time by the Institute of Plant Breeding-University of the Philippines Los Baños (IPB-UPLB).
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.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—If there is anything that the people in the biotechnology sector have learned about the government process and public acceptance of genetically modified (GM) crops, is the fact that whole thing is never easy.