As early as 1995, MASIPAG rice varieties bred by its farmer members have been the focus topic of well-meaning and nationalist academicians. Dubbed by many as a “seed of hope” in attaining food sovereignty, and a way of life for the MASIPAG farmers, the MASIPAG rice varieties had already proven and continuously proven themselves in […]
PRESS STATEMENT | Strengthen Local Production Not Over Reliance to Importation, as Answer to Rice Crisis – MASIPAG
According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), the country is expecting a price decrease for rice following the government’s continuing talks with the major rice importing countries Vietnam and India. With an intention to import 500,000 metric tons of rice for this year, the clamor to holistically strengthen our own rice industry through farmer-led agroecology […]
MASIPAG farmers of Northern Quezon province has always been known of their strength in organizing and collective action towards meaningful change. Coming from a total devastation in 2004 with the onslaught of the twin typhoons in the province, the farmers have come along way in their advocacy with this year’s 8th PATIKIM festival – the […]
Creating Problems for Corporates to “Solve” and Profit with: Golden Rice and the Wastage of Kalabasa Surplus
In the Philippines, roughly one hundred thousand tons of unsold farmer-produced kalabasa (squash) that are naturally rich in vitamin A will likely go to waste while the government pushes for GM Golden Rice to solve Vitamin A deficiency in the country. According to reports, hundreds of tons of squash are currently left lying around unsold […]
Why Did Farmers, Scientists, and Advocates Filed the Writ of Kalikasan to Stop the Commercial Propagation of GMO Crops Golden Rice and BT Talong?
What is the Petition for Writ of Kalikasan? The Writ of Kalikasan is a remedy available to a natural or juridical person, entity authorized by law, peoples organization, non-governmental organization, or any public interest group accredited by or registered with any government agency, on behalf of persons whose constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology […]