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Nov 19, 2009

Catholic Bishops in the Philippines Back GM Rice Research

Arcdiocese of Caceres (home diocese for
Archbishop Leonard Legazpi)
Photo: Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN)
The Indian Catholic (India) reports that the Philippine bishops' bioethics office says it supports efforts to develop new rice strains to solve a rice shortage in Asia as long as these do not harm the environment.  This includes gene modified (GM) rice varieties.

Archbishop Leonardo Legazpi of Caceres noted that the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines was initially against GM crops when the technology was "not yet so well defined."  The change in policy comes following a seminar on "Transgenic Plants for Food Security in the Context of Development" held by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences in Rome May 15-19, 2009. 

For more see: "Phil bishops back safe rice research," Indian Catholic (India), 16 November 2009.

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