China’s GMO Stockpile

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This article discusses the apparent disconnect between the essentially pro-technology position of the government and scientist and the reluctance of the public to accept biotechnology in food. The author suggests that part of the reluctance of the public may be due to prior food safety scandals that had nothing to do with biotechnology. Others have suggested that food safety scandals like mad cow disease that had nothing to do with biotechnology are at least partially responsible for negative attitudes toward the use of biotechnology in agriculture in Europe. The article also suggests that the Chinese public views toward biotechnology in agriculture are heavily influenced by social media.

Another interesting part of the article discusses the increasing Chinese investment in plant biotechnology. It does seem evident to me when I am reviewing literature in the field of crop biotechnology, that if the the Chinese are not already investing more in plant biotech research than we are they are headed in that direction.

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