Feedmillers, livestock raisers welcome SC decision on BT talong case
Several farm and fisheries interest groups welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision that reversed the ban on the propagation and the issuance of new permits for genetically modified organisms.
“The immediate impact of the SC decision is to put to rest any possibility of an irreversible food crisis with the disruption of the supply of feeds or feed ingredients for the livestock and aqua industry – including the hog sector, broiler and layer farms, dairy and beef cattle sectors,” the group said in a statement.
The statement was signed by the Samahang Industriya sa Agrikultura (SINAG), the Philippine Association of Feed Millers Inc., the United Broilers Raisers Association, the Philippine Maize Federation Inc., the National Federation of Hog Garmers, the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, the Philippine Association of Broiler Integrators, and the Philippine Import Group.
“The local agriculture sector was never part of the debates as to the merit of GMOs, but was made to suffer the consequences of the previous SC decision,” Samahang Industriya sa Agrikultura (SINAG) chair Rosendo So said.
The statement said ensuring food self-sufficiency and the country’s food security requires that the flow of staples and raw materials for feed production is not interrupted.
It said 70 to 80 percent of the corn grown locally are genetically modified as well as most feed imports such as corn, soybeans, and soybean meal. For corn and other animal feed materials, the statement said there is no viable alternative other than GMOs because GMOs have the volume they need.