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Wed Aug 10, 2016, 06:02 AM

China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture

Source: Reuters

China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years as it seeks to raise the efficiency of its agriculture sector, potentially boosting output of the crop by the world's top soy importer and consumer.

China, which has spent billions of dollars researching GMO crops, has already embraced the technology for cotton but has not yet permitted the cultivation of any biotech food crops amid fears from some consumers over perceived health risks.

In its latest five-year plan for science and technology to 2020, China for the first time outlined specific GMO crops to be developed, including soybeans - used in food products such as tofu and soy sauce and for animal feed - and corn.

The blueprint, published on the government's website on Monday, recommended "pushing forward the commercialization of new pest-resistant cotton, pest-resistant corn and herbicide-resistant soybeans".

The use of the technology for corn was flagged in April when an agriculture official said that Beijing could greenlight GMO crops in the next five years. Corn is used mostly for animal feed and industrial products like starch and sweeteners and a move to biotech crops could be less contentious than with soybeans.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-gmo-idUSKCN10L0NX

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Wed Aug 10, 2016, 07:18 AM

1. China isn't very fertile and has a huge population. They need all the help they can get.

IIRC, only ~7% of China is suitable for growing crops. (Lots of desert, infertile grassy plains and mountains.) And they have big problems with polluted rivers.

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Wed Aug 10, 2016, 03:34 PM

2. Can we get them labelled? If they're so good, why the hell not?

 

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