Genetically modified food is a controversial topic in China: many Chinese distrust it, and retired military generals publish essays against what they perceive to be Western conspiracy. Director of the rural economy department at the State Council Development Research Center, Mr. Ye offers a counterpoint: China needs GMOs!
The director of the rural economy department at the State Council Development Research Center recently stated to the The Wall Street Journal:
They [the former generals] think GMOs are a technology with ulterior motives, and that Americans are laying a trap for the Chinese. But not all ordinary Chinese support this opinion, and Chinese officials also feel that GMOs are essentially a technological issue, not a political question or one with ulterior motives.
Mr. Ye also aims to reassure the US GMO export industry after the MIR-162 crisis of last December that saw China rejecting 60, 000 tons of corn from the US on the grounds of unapproved transgenic content. After that, China prioritized Ukraine and Thailand over the US for crop imports.
“Agriculture officials are keen to stress that the world doesn’t have to fear that China’s entry into global food markets would result in a beggar-thy-neighbor policy,” reports The Wall Street Journal. They forgot to mention one fact: demand won’t grow if only the Chinese Agricultural Minister eats GMOs…
GMOs may become increasingly necessary as the population boom puts strain on China’s and therefore the world’s food supplies.
By Aliaume Leroy
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