A new report says China wants to incorporate the use of genetically modified organisms in agriculture, but the Chinese people do not. And Bloomberg says the latest food safety scandal in China might be its most damaging scandal yet. A former doctoral student at a national testing center in China accused the testing center of scientific fraud, including claims that records were doctored extensively, among other things. China’s Ministry of Agriculture responded by suspending operations at the center. That’s just the latest in a series of scandals that is not dampening China’s public hostility towards GMOs. Opponents claim GMOs are unsafe, but that goes against the scientific consensus within and outside of China. Bloomberg suggests that until China’s government addresses the lack of confidence in its food safety programs, it’s likely to face considerable and growing opposition to a GMO program. While farmers in China do not use GM crops, the nation does, however, allow imports of GM crops to enter the country.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.