Appellate court affirms stoppage to field trials of bacteria-resistant eggplant-A A +A
Sunday, September 29, 2013
MANILA -- The Court of Appeals denied the government's request to reconsider its ruling stopping the field trials of bacteria-resistant eggplant nationwide.
In a decision dated September 20, the CA 13th Division said the government's motion did not raise "any substantial ground or reason" that would call for the reversal of its ruling last May.
Among others, the Court found no scientific consensus on the safety and impacts of Bacillus thuringiensis (bt) talong and the lack of law that governs introduction, release, experimentation of genetically-modified crops liks Bt talong.
“This decision should enlighten our government not to waste public money in co-funding research on GM crops, which is not only harmful but would only benefit the corporate patent owners of the gene and technology," said Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Von Hernandez.
The Supreme Court tossed the petition filed by Greenpeace and environmental group Masipag to the appellate court in May 2012 after issuing the writ of kalikasan.
At the time, field testing of genetically modified eggplant had already been conducted in Pangasinan, Laguna and Camarines Sur while others were still being done in Kabacan, North Cotabato.
Named respondents in the petition were the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños Foundation Inc., UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. and International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)