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Feb 9, 2012

BT GM Corn Farms Expand in Philippines

A farmer in the Philippines with
her GM corn crop
photo courtesy of ISAAA 
On 6 January 2012, the Malaya Business Insight reported on the rapid expansion of farms in the Philippines growing Bt gene modified (GM) corn.  The Philippines is the first and only country in Asia to grow GM corn for food, feed, and processing.  It implemented a GM regulatory plan in 1990.  Approval was granted to Monsanto's Bt corn variety MON 810 (the variety under current dispute in Europe, especially France) in 2002.

When Bt corn MON 810 was approved in in 2002, an estimated 10,000 hectares were planted with it in 2003.  In 2010, that number has expanded to 541,000 hectares.

Citing ISAAA statistics, the net national impact of GM on farm income between 2003-2009 was estimated at $35 million.

For more see:

"Bt corn farms expanding," Malaya Business Insight, 6 January 2012.

Asia's First: The Bt Corn Story in the Philippines, ISAAA Video

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