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University issues statement of support to Bt eggplant field trial  

UPLB is a public service university that must lead the way for and effect change in society. As such, UPLB has blazed the trail in research and development of products and technologies that would help improve the lives of the Filipino people. Nowhere else is this more emphasized than in biotechnology.


The University has been at the forefront of biotechnology research and development in the country with the establishment of the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) and the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH) and maintains its support for the multilocation field trials of the fruit and shoot borer resistant Bt eggplant despite a petition filed by Greenpeace Southeast Asia and other anti-GMO groups against the experiment.


The UPLB administration stresses the importance of strengthening the transdisciplinary scientific approach to research and problem solving of the University, and calls on other sectors to support the continuation of the Bt eggplant field tests.

The Bt eggplant project, already on its 10th year of implementation, is a priority project of UPLB in accord with its pro-people and pro-environment agenda. The current field trials are being responsibly and safely undertaken together with scientific organizations and partner state universities in compliance with the biosafety requirements and guidelines approved by national regulatory bodies such as the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines (NCBP) and the Bureau of Plant Industry of the Department of Agriculture.


The objective of the project is to help advance the welfare of small farmers, the consumers, and the environment. There is absolutely no compelling reason to stop or delay the trials, especially at this time when the University is close to achieve the gains from substantial public investment in this project.


In February last year, members of Greenpeace, without any authority from any court or regulatory agency of the government, forcibly entered the contained area where the field trials of Bt eggplant are being conducted and uprooted and destroyed the specimen resulting to the loss of valuable data. The University filed a complaint against the perpetrators before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Laguna and after finding probable cause the latter filed a criminal case for malicious mischief against them before the Municipal Trial Court of Bay, Laguna. The University pursued this course of action to protect and safeguard the integrity of UPLB as a center of excellence and uphold its academic freedom and hold the perpetrators liable for their actions.

The present UPLB administration under Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz, remains committed to conduct unbiased field trials which are expected to generate empirical bases for establishing the environmental, ecological and economic impacts of this technology. The University will continue to promote the safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology to achieve and sustain food security and a sustainable and safe environment. UPLB conducts the field trials in accordance with the biosafety guidelines issued by the NCBP and clearly stipulated in the Department of Agriculture Administrative Order No. 8 S-2002 which are compliant to the global biosafety standards under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, specifically the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.


Ecological balance and environmental safety are non-negotiable core values of the University in the conduct of research. Anti-GMO organizations must rest assured that the University is wholly committed in conducting responsible research on safe and beneficial technologies. While the University recognizes the rights of opinion of others, the diversity of ideas and opinions which all modern democracies guarantee requires that the rights and freedoms, especially the academic freedom of a university like UPLB must be accorded the same respect and recognition.


Published at http://www.uplb.edu.ph



National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIbiotech logoTECH)

University of the Philippines Los Baños

College, Laguna 403l, Philippines

Tel. Nos. 536-1620, 536-2721, 536-2725; Fax No. (049) 536-2721

Email: biotechdo.uplb@gmail.com, biotech@uplb.edu.ph

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