Category: News

Davao farmers push gov’t institutionalization of guarantee system for organic products

August 27, 2014

by MASIPAG National Office

DAVAO CITY — Farmers and other agricultural sector stakeholders are pushing the national government to institutionalize the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) of certification for organic products by amending Republic Act (RA) No. 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010. Section 17 of RA 10068 provides that only products with third party certification is allowed […]

Getting ‘organic’ certification too slow and expensive, say farmers

August 27, 2014

by MASIPAG National Office

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – Farmers’ groups and advocates of organic agriculture here said the practice of certifying products as “organic,” institutionalized by Republic Act 10068, is “too slow” and “inaccessible.” Speaking at a press conference at the Ateneo de Davao University Finster Hall Tuesday, Chito Medina, national coordinator of the Magsasaka at […]

LGUs express support for farmer-led certification

August 27, 2014

by MASIPAG National Office

PGS Conference successfully conducted   Davao City – MASIPAG recently held its third conference on Participatory Guarantee System titled “Participatory Guarantee Systems: Building a Future for Organic Farmers and Consumers in the Philippines” which aimed to further expand the practice and implementation of PGS in the country. The conference, attended by more than 140 representatives […]

Asian Farmers Unite to Stop Golden Rice

May 8, 2014

by MASIPAG National Office

Quezon City, Philippines – Citing impending commercialization of Golden Rice, farmers and sectoral organizations here and abroad have united to stop the commercialization of the said GM crop, saying that this will decimate indigenous rice genetic diversity, and affect farmers’ rights, people’s health and the environment. In a conference that tackled Golden Rice, farmer-scientist group […]

Asian Farmers Network Formed

May 8, 2014

by MASIPAG National Office

Calls to Stop Golden Rice Strengthened Quezon City, Philippines – The Asian Farmers Conference on Golden Rice successfully concluded with the formation of an Asia-wide alliance of farmers and NGOs which vowed to strengthen the campaign against the field trials and commercialization of Golden Rice. Farmers and NGOs from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia […]