Title : China Suspends Commercialisation of Genetically Engineered Rice and Wheat
Date : 06 October 2011
THIRD WORLD NETWORK BIOSAFETY INFORMATION SERVICE
Re: China Suspends Commercialisation of Genetically Engineered Rice and Wheat
Dear friends and colleagues,
After several years of scientific and public debates it is reported that China will not commercialise genetically modified (GM) staple food crops such as rice and wheat for the next 5 to 10 years. The widely read Economic Observer, a financial weekly publication, citing a source close to the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) confirmed this move in its 23 September 2011 issue: see Item 1 below.
During Lucy’s tour, we had a few questions about the yield of GE crops. A comprehensive review of the literature had the following to say:
For years the biotechnology industry has trumpeted that it will feed the world, promising that its genetically engineered crops will produce higher yields.
That promise has proven to be empty, according to Failure to Yield, a report by UCS expert Doug Gurian-Sherman released in March 2009. Despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields.