As China’s leadership pushes more rapid urbanization to drive economic growth, the fate of the country’s farmlands is once more becoming a top issue—and public concerns about genetically modified crops are part of the discussion.
The use of genetically modified foods, controversial among China’s increasingly safety-conscious consumers, got an official shout-out when the agricultural minister, Han Changfu, met the press. Describing himself as a regular consumer of GMOs, mainly through soybean oil, he noted that use of genetically modified cotton has boosted China’s yields by controlling pests and lowering the need for pesticides. That’s good news for the industry as well as farmers’ incomes, Han pointed out.
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