Though agricultural biotechnology has suffered some legal setbacks in the Philippines, the regulatory process is now moving forward, and commercialization of the pest-resistant Bt talong (also known as brinjal, or eggplant) seems likely.
Mohammad Hafizur Rahman is a pioneer. An unassuming man living with his mother, brother, and sister in a small village a few hours north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, he is one of the first farmers in the developing world to grow a genetically modified food crop: so-called Bt brinjal, or eggplant.
While geographic considerations, cultural practices, and agronomic methods vary considerably in the three aforementioned Asian countries, farmers share a common burden.
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