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Philippine president reverses course on transgenics

(April 20, 2001 --Cropchoice news) -- The president of the Philippines made a 180-degree turn on transgenic foods.

Cropchoice reported two weeks ago that the Crop Protection Association of the Philippines (CPAP) and members of the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines (NAST) were pressuring President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to reconsider her stand against transgenic foods.

It worked.

She now wants to move ahead with the commercial planting of transgenic crops and sales of food with ingredients derived from the technology.

At the same time, the president instructed the Agriculture, Health and Trade and Industry departments to develop mandatory labeling policies for transgenic foods so that consumers know what they're buying.