By Kristine B. Quintas/FPL (The Freeman) | June 8, 2015
CEBU, Philippines- Citing possible adverse impact in their livelihood, farmers in Cebu City are opposed to the idea of eliminating genetically modified organism crops in the market.
Emilio Secretaria, chairman of the Cebu City Federation of Farmers Association and Cooperatives, said banning GMO crops would result to low production of agricultural products in the city.
“Kaming tanan nagtanum na niini. Tungod niini dili hugot ang among suporta sa proposed ordinance,” Secretaria said.
Councilor Nestor Archival is lobbying for the passage of an ordinance seeking to prohibit the use of GMO crops in the city.
The proposed ordinance, “protecting agricultural land and farmers against the threats of genetically modified crops providing penalties for violation thereof” is in consonance with Republic Act 10068, or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.
GMO crops are products of genetic engineering in which the genes of one organism are randomly inserted into another organism’s genes in a way that can never happen naturally.
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