China Pushes Genetically Modified Food
Published 23 October 2013
Caught between rising pressures to increase its food resources and popular skepticism over allowing more genetically modified food, China’s government is stepping up a public-relations campaign that could pave the way toward full approval for commercial production of these politically sensitive crops.
In recent months, the agriculture ministry and other state agencies have rolled out a series of statements and publicity events loudly backing the safety of GMO food, ranging from research on cucumbers to taste tests for rice. GMOs is a technical term referring to genetically modified organisms that have had their genetic blueprint artificially re-engineered; for example, corn altered to become bug-resistant.