China the biggest consumer of rice, wheat, soybean and the most populous country in the world has started a campaign to expand its food supplies by pushing the genetically modified organisms (GMO).
President Xi Jinping has supported the technology saying that it has boost the output from America to Africa.He said that they will organize seminars, contact through media to face the risk by the technology.
Chinese are feared that the crops grown with the genetically modified technology will affect the fertility of their coming generation.
As the population of the country has raised the consumption of grain, meat has also increased. China already is largest importer of soyabean and by 2020 it will also become the largest buyer of corn.
Most of its overseas supplies are produced from seed genetically engineered to grow with certain traits, like killing pests or tolerating herbicides.
Li Qiang, chairman of Shanghai JC Intelligence Co., the country’s largest independent agriculture MARKET has said that the country has faced controversy against GMO not based on science and has weaken the government. China should ensure biotechnology is safe and should not allow foreign companies to control the market for gene-modified products, he said.
Most of the soybeans and corn China imports are grown with engineered seeds, including those with built-in resistance to Monsanto Co.’s Roundup herbicide, Zhang Xiaoping, chief representative of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, said by telephone Sept. 30.