Author: Ace June Rell S. Perez
Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Philippine Statistics Authority.
HOW does food security be achieved?
There’s a variety of ways, but never a lone key for this global threat. One technology that can complement with the existing solutions is biotechnology.
Fr. Emmanuel Alparce, IEC Technical Committee member in DA-Biotech Program Office, said in a speech last November 22 during the Jose G. Burgos Jr. Awards for biotechnology journalism at Brentwood Suites, Quezon City that biotechnology can be a strong arrow in targeting food security.
“We are doing biotechnology because this is a technology that answers issues on food security. The vision is achieving a lifestyle where we can all eat three times a day, live comfortably, be happy, because we are being fed by agriculture that produces enough and affordable food for all,” he said.
He emphasized that the hectares of land for farming (especially for staple crops) is decreasing while the population who needs food for survival continues to balloon in leaps and bounds.