MABALACAT CITY Two people's organization has asked President Bong Bong Marcos to stop the commercial
propagation of Golden Rice.
The Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women and Bantay Bigas groups said that as president and
agriculture secretary, Marcos should address the root causes of malnutrition in the country and push for
policy reforms to resolve poverty and hunger.
The groups claimed that farmer families are deprived of adequate nourishment because they remain landless
and suffer slave-like farm work wages.
Amihan and Bantay Bigas issued the statement in commemoration of the ninth year of the historic golden rice
uprooting from an experimental farm operated by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and
PhilRice in Camarines Sur, Bicol.
On August 8, 2013, around 400 farmers and consumers uprooted golden rice as an expression of opposition which
resulted in the postponement of golden rice commercialization supposedly scheduled in 2016.
“We reiterate our stand that Golden Rice is not the solution to Vitamin A deficiency. Studies reveal that it
contains too little Vitamin A that one has to consume 3.75 kilos to meet the needed amount per day and that
its beta-carotene content degrades over time,” Amihan secretary general and Bantay Bigas spokesperson Cathy
The two organizations said that it is an impractical, unnecessary and dangerous experiment that would put
Filipino farmers and consumers especially pregnant and lactating mothers and children at risk.
“Nasa gitna tayo ng krisis, nagtataasan ang presyo ng pangunahing bilihin at laganap ang kawalan ng trabaho.
Mataas ang inflation at unemployment rate. Dapat ituon ng gobyerno sa pagpapaunlad ng agrikultura at
suporta sa mga magsasaka para sa pagpapataas ng lokal na produksyon at matugunan ang krisis sa pagkain at
makalikha ng trabaho. Sayang ang nagugugol na panahon at rekurso na magbibigay lamang ng ganansiya sa
malalaking agrokorporasyon,” Estavillo said.
"We urge the Filipino people to join the call to reject golden rice, defend and advance the farmers’ rights
to seed and land, and the consumers’ rights to safe food. Reviving the chemical-dependent and modern
technology will never resolve the structural problems the country is facing. Lessons should be learned from
our bitter experience on Marcos Sr.’s Green Revolution and Masagana 99," she added.
The groups said the Department of Agriculture (DA) previously identified seven provinces as areas for golden
rice experimentation including Quirino, Catanduanes, Antique, Samar, Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte and Agusan
There are also ongoing partnerships with local government units in Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and
August 12, 2022
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