By Erick San Juan, D.Litt.
I read the article of Antonio M. Claparols, a fellow columnist at the Newsmaker, a popular newspaper in General Santos City. He quoted the Ecological Society of the Philippines exposing a report that the Philippines is importing rice from the United States containing GMO (genetically modified organisms).
Tony Claparols, the ESP president, commented that even the Americans themselves are vigilant with regards to GMO danger. He added that the U.S. Center for Disease Control recently launched an investigation on “morgellonos disease” after receiving thousands of complaints from people with unexplained skin condition. Some suffers skin manifestations, fatigue, mental confusion, memory loss, joint pain and changes in visions. Claparols confirmed the findings that there’s a link between morgellonos disease and agrobacterium, a soil bacteria extensively manipulated and used in making GM crops.
Even the Europeans opted for a moratorium on the further use of GMO. Here comes the Japanese government suddenly offering their rice surplus to the Philippines. Many activists – environmentalists believe that the offer of rice support from Japan is a quid pro quo for the approval of JPEPA.
Despite a denial from the Department of Agriculture, I was told that the rice surplus was rejected by the Japanese government reportedly because these were actually U.S. rice with GMO.
We hope that if it's true,our government will be wary of this scheme or are we accepting it to cover our inefficiencies?