Monday, April 4, 2011
The Only Double-Stacked Corn Trait with Dual Modes-of-Action Against Corn Earworm
There has been worldwide controversy for many concerns in the past over the sale and use of biotechnology modified and manufactured crop seed. We currently take a neutral position to the use of biotech crop seeds, and are making time to learn more about this new farming technology. We present this article here to encourage all concerned to learn more about and educate themselves on the positives and negatives to using genetically modified and or manufactured farming crop seeds to decide whether or not using biotech seeds is best for them and the environment. If you have knowledge and experience on the use of biotech crop seeds we encourage you to email us your opinion about them.
BPI Allows Monsanto to Sell Biotech Corn to Farmers
The Philippine government granted biotech firm Monsanto to sell its latest biotech corn variant with engineered insect-and-weed resistance for cultivation by farmers in the Philippines.
The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA), awarded the permit for the traits under event codes MON 89034 x NK603. The traits are covered by permit 11-004 which is effective for five years.
The approval of MON 89034 x NK603 for cultivation opens Philippine farms to the use of a new stack product combining second-generation Yield Gard (YG2) and Round-Up Ready Corn (RRC2), with insect resistance and herbicide tolerance.
Monsanto said in a statement that the G2 trait, conferred by bacterial Bt genes Cry1A.105 and Cry2Ab2, provides maximum protection against the Asian Corn Borer and good control against corn earworm and common cutworm.
The RRC2 trait, the company said, enables simpler and affordable weed-control management through the use of RoundUp herbicide which kills weeds but not the biotech corn.
Meanwhile, the introduction of YG2 corn to the fields will also enhance insect-resistance management for Bt corn hybrids and extend the longevity of the Bt corn technology. YG2RRC2 corn, also known as VTDouble Pro, is extensively grown in the United States, Brazil and South Africa to provide farmers higher and more stable yields.
Monsanto said the sale of YG2RRC2 in the Philippines will start in May 2011. It noted that the approval of the project came after rigorous regulated field trials for almost three years in several locations across the Philippines and a thorough review of technical papers assessing its effectiveness and safety.
Yield Gard 2 single had been granted cultivation approval on November 19, 2010, after about two and a half years of thorough field testing and technical reviews. Two nontarget organism (NTO) studies were also conducted from 2009 to 2010, which showed no adverse impact of MON 89034 on NTOs.
Monsanto is one of the world’s leading providers of agricultural products and solutions to farmers.
The company has over three decades of presence in the Philippines and is involved today in the promotion of modern agricultural biotechnology. It is also taking the lead in educating Filipino farmers in using biotech products to achieve the country’s aim of food security and sufficiency.
By Business Mirror
Chance Favors The Prepared Mind
Through continuing education on new and even possibly controversial farming techniques, farmers can further understand how to produce higher quality and higher yield crop harvests. Through continued knowledge, setting crop goals, having a farming plan, and taking action, successful harvests can be the result. Help yourself and the Philippines become food self-sufficient and secure. Educate yourself, take action, and share with others what you know and do to help the Philippines become a better place for all to live and enjoy.
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