Monsanto Philippines participated in a multi-sector forum on agricultural biotechnology held recently in Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines. The forum was organized by the Asian Farmers Regional Network (ASFARNET-Philippines) to inform key stakeholders about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology and to clarify issues related to biotech crops.
Chat Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines’ Corporate Engagement Lead, spoke about the challenges and concerns in explaining agricultural biotechnology to a non-technical audience. To continue to enjoy public trust and support, those who engage in biotech research “should endeavor to remain transparent and keep government officials and the general public appropriately informed about their research activities,” she said.
“After30 years of research and 18 years of commercial biotech crops, and with more than 1,000 independent studies on GMO safety, there has not been a single documented case of food safety or health issues associated with biotech crops,” Ocampo said.
“Monsanto remains transparent and answers queries from the public so that they can make reasonable and helpful decisions,” she said. “We are proud to provide products that contribute to high-quality crops, a safe food supply and a better life for farmers worldwide.”
Other forum speakers included Dr. Rhodora Aldemita, Senior Program Officer of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA); Lorelie Agbagala, Secretariat Head of the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Plant Industry (DA- BPI) Biotech Core Team; and Floro F. Dalapag, Chair, Agri Sciences Department, Xavier University College of Agriculture.