We, Organic Farmers from the
Inter-Continental Network of Organic Farmers Organisation (INOFO), a
self-organized structure within IFOAM who gives organic farmers a voice, inside
the organic movement and outside towards the public and politic, oppose all GM
crops in total including the Golden Rice. GMOs have been proven to negatively
affect our health; additionally it puts high risk on the farmer ownership of
seeds. Therefore as an international organization who support our healthy
planet, we oppose any seeds that go against the sustainable growth of the
It is un-needed, un-safe and un-predictable
We do not need to spend enormous amount of
money to create a Rice variety that has Vitamin A. Our organic farms are full
of diversity of crops including different kinds of pumpkins, Papaya and other
numerous fruits and leafy vegetables which give us our Vitamin A.
Contamination from GM crops has proven time
and again in many parts of the world and organic farmers continue to face the
threat at various levels. The Golden Rice would contaminate our indigenous rich
Rice diversity losing the different nutritional qualities and purity of our
indigenous variety. Rice, as our staple food, plays a significant part of our
culture and tradition. So unless it is proven safe for us and our environment,
we continue to oppose Genetically Modified Crops.
Experiences from Green Revolution and GM crops
have left organic farmers with no choice to grow their own indigenous
varieties. We lose our right to seed, right to grow and right to live by
increasing dependence on the external markets increasing the cost of
production, indebtedness ultimately leading to suicides. Even under severe
pressure we as Organic Farmers Organisations will continue to stand for the
organic farmers who strive hard to provide poison-free, GM-free organically
grown healthy food for our future generations to come.
We call upon the Philippine Government to
heed the call of farmers and consumers
to reject Golden Rice commercialization in the country and uphold rights to
safe, nutritious, diverse, organically sourced food.
* INOFO is a Network of like-minded Organic
Farmer organisations, with the task to establish relationships between organic
farmers organisation all over the world. These organisations can cooperate in
pursuing their common objectives as they relate to food sovereignty in general
and, in particular, to public policy and land rights, climatic adaptation,
production standards and guarantee systems, marketing and pricing negotiations,
participatory research, technical exchanges, education, seed sovereignty and
other farmers concern, like strengthen
the peasant movement, especially for organic peasants.