On December 17, the Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte ordered the uprooting of the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplants at the field test site inside the University of the Philippines-Mindanao campus in Mintal.

Is it really harmful to our health? Why does the government or some academic institutions is pushing for genetically-modified plants?

Personally, I’m not in favor of any genetically-modified plants. Why can’t the government support or promote indigenous practices instead of the multi-national companies? Farmers have survived for years using traditional methods.

Do we have a shortage of eggplant supply? Academic freedom, yes. But please show some respect to the local government officials.