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Aug 22, 2016 @ 2:20

GM food won’t be a ‘quick fix’ to food supply – DA chief

Genetically modified foods can’t be ‘quick fix’, said DA chief Manny Piñol, as a speedy solution to food supply issues.

“Personally, I’m not really convinced that GM plants are the quick-fix solution to our shortage of food,” Mr. Piñol told BusinessWorld.

Vietnam and Thailand, the DA secretary said, have not comprehensively implemented GM and yet the countries produce enough and still come to be the world’s second and third-largest rice exporters, respectively.

“If you look at Vietnam and Thailand, they do not embrace GM but they are self-sufficient. The belief that GM will provide the magical solution to our shortages… should be reviewed,” he said.

BusinessWorld said that this is the first time that the DA chief has expressed his position on GM, having asked formerly for more time to weigh up on the technology.

The view of the current administration is a reversal of former DA secretary Proceso J. Alcala’s position on the matter, which aims to push for GMO as means of food productivity.

Vivencio R. Mamaril, officer-in-charge at the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), however cited yellow corn production in the report, saying that the crop is made up of 90% GM.

“We are sufficient in corn and that’s because of the GM technology,” Mr. Mamaril told Business World in a phone interview, pertaining to yellow corn, which is utilized for feed.


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