14 May '12, 1pm

Genetically Modified Eggplant Field Trials Halted by Court in Philippines

Genetically Modified Eggplant Field Trials Halted by Court in Philippines

Not a ton of detail on this one, but the SunStar reports that the Supreme Court in the Philippines has order a halt to field trials of genetically modified eggplant , after being petitioned to do so by Greenpeace Southeast Asia. Details of the court's ruling have not yet been made publicly available, but at issue is the safety of the Bt eggplant in terms of human health. Greenpeace says "many independent scientific studies proved evidence than GMOs such as Bacillus thuringiensis eggplant, as well as Bt corn, can negatively impact the liver, kidneys or blood when ingested." Of course, developers of Bt eggplant dispute these claims, as they dispute any possible negative environmental or health impact of their products. Also at issue is the degree to which Bt eggplant will crossbreed with non-GM varieties of eggplant. From last week, here's what The Hindu had to say about it:...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/genetically-modified...

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