“Let’s support banning GMOs”.
This Bb. Pilipinas candidate’s plead to President Duterte sparked controversy during the Q&A proper of the pageant held last June.
Should GMOs really be banned?
“The real debate is safety,” chairman of the Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines (CAMP) Inc. Benigno Peczon told Business Mirror.
“We already have overwhelming evidence for 20 years’ use that they are safe,” he said.
In his presentation on GM Crops: Public Perception and Trade Regulation Practices which was held at the University of the Philippines Law Center, Peczon explained how modern biotechnology has application in agriculture that has benefitted a lot of local farmer.
Bt cor, for instance, has been planted in the country for more than 14 years now, in more than 800,000 hectares by farmers.
“In traditional plant breeding, related plants are interbred until the desired trait emerges,” Peczon told Business Mirror, saying that it costs a lot of time and effort to perform this kind of method, where they crossbreed and shuffle recurrent parent plant with desired features, such as very high yield and adaptation.
For Peczon, one of the main aims in agriculture is to guarantee that only the desirable plant grows. He added in the report, “as far as the farmers are concerned, anything that competes with the crop of choice is undesirable, getting rid of weeds is not easy and can be costly.”