Posts made in January, 2016

A Bioengineered Tree Could Revive America’s Once-Vast Chestnut Forests

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Events, News | 0 comments

            Scientists discover a gene that makes chestnuts resistant to a fungus that killed off billions of trees that provided food and shelter for wildlife.   JAN 26, 2016 Katharine Gammon has written for Nature, Wired,Discover, and Popular Science. A new mom, she lives in Santa Monica.   A century ago, towering forests of chestnut trees blanketed the East Coast of the United States. Then a fungus that hitched a ride on imported Asian chestnut trees...

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The SC’s Bt talong decision: Error in precaution?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Events, News | 0 comments

              By Eufemio Rasco Jr, PhD January 20, 2016   The Supreme Court’s judgment of the relative safety of Bt talong ‘can be challenged for lack of rigor, leading to injustice, or worse willfully exposing farmers and consumers to greater risks’ The Supreme Court (SC) decision declaring field experiments on Bt talong permanently enjoined was justified on the basis of the “precautionary principle.” The precautionary principle says...

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A heavy blow to food security and scientific research: UPLB Position on the Supreme Court Decision on BT Eggplant Field Testing

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Events, News | 0 comments

            Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. UPLB Chancellor 18 January 2016 On December 8, 2015, the Philippine Supreme Court issued a decision to permanently stop the field testing of the genetically modified Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant or Bt talong developed by the (Institute of Plant Breeding) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The Supreme Court also declared null and void the Department of Agriculture (DA) Administrative Order No. 08,...

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Statement of the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST-PHL) on the Supreme Court decision on Bt talong [ISAAA et al. vs. Greenpeace Southeast Asia (Phils) et al. (G. R. Nos. 209271, 209276, 209301, and 209430)]

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Events, News | 0 comments

                08 January 2016   NAST-PHL expresses grave concern on the serious negative effect on food security and on the research community of the Supreme Court decision 1) permanently stopping these questioned field tests for Bt talong; 2) declaring null and void the “Rules and Regulations for the Importation and Release into the Environment of Plants and Plant Products Derived from the Use of Modern Biotechnology” otherwise known as the...

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A misapplication of the Writ of Kalikasan

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Events, News | 0 comments

              by Dr. Emil Javier December 19, 2015 (Part 1)   The Supreme Court (SC) decision to permanently halt the field testing of the genetically modified Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant developed by the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) at UP Los Baños (UPLB) was a huge letdown for the Philippine science community, to say the least. We are not world leaders in science by any measure and there are only a few precious fields of science where we...

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