A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
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Sunday, April 05, 2009
Posted 3:12 PM by Tevita
Bill banning GMO taro introduced by councilor
From : The Maui News
County Council Member Bill Medeiros has introduced a bill banning genetically engineered or modified taro in Maui County.
The proposal received strong support Friday from Native Hawaiians, taro farmers and critics of GMO technology when it was introduced at the regular Maui County Council meeting. It was referred to committee for future discussion.
Proponents of developing genetically modified taro have said research could help the plant resist modern pests and diseases.
But critics said genetic experimentation still hasn't been proved to be safe, and natural strains of the plant could be contaminated through pollination. They also point out taro's cultural and spiritual significance to Hawaiians.
"That's sacred," said taro farmer Alex Bode. "Leave our taro alone."
The environmental issues affecting taro farmers won't be solved by genetic modification, he added.
"It's a sacred, perfect food," said advocate Angie Hoffman. "It just needs good soil and water."
She added that there haven't been enough studies done to show genetic modification is safe.
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Executive Director Lisa Schattenberg-Raymond said developing genetically modified strains of taro would create a "Pandora's box" because farmers couldn't prevent the new types from cross-pollinating with their pure, traditional varieties.
"Any genetic modification of kalo (taro) is a threat to Native Hawaiian resources," she said.
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