September 22nd, 2014
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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: CHINA PULLS THE PLUG ON GMO RICE AND CORN RESEARCH

There’s more international news about GMOs, and it’s another significant blow at GMOs. China has not renewed licenses on strains of GMO rice and GMO corn for research:

China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn

Here’s the keystone of the article’s arch:

“Why the ministry allowed the certificates to lapse is in dispute. Some environmentalists say public worries about GM crops played a decisive role. “We believe that loopholes in assessing and monitoring [GM] research, as well as the public concern around safety issues are the most important reasons that the certifications have not been renewed,” writes Wang Jing, a Greenpeace official based in Beijing, in an e-mail to ScienceInsider.

“Others believe agricultural economics also influenced the decision. China has nearly reached self-sufficiency in producing rice using conventional varieties, so the ministry has decided there is no need to commercialize Bt rice in the near future, says Huang Jikun, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy. He says that with commercialization off the table, there was no point in renewing the certifications. Huang says “rising public concerns [about the] safety of GM rice” likely also played a role.

“Whatever the reason, the decision marks an abrupt change in fortunes for transgenic rice in China. Five years ago, “China was widely expected to soon put GM rice on the country’s dining tables,” wrote Cao Cong, a China policy expert at University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, in a post on The Conversation, an Australian website. The Bt rice project “is now to all intents and purposes dead and buried,” he wrote, blaming an “anti-GM movement whose power and influence are more than matched by its fervour and sheer, undiluted paranoia.'”

Now, reading between the lines a bit, the article is maintaining that the Chinese government is (1) bowing to popular concerns about GMO safety issues and concerns, and (2) has attained self-sufficiency in rice production by not using GMO rice. The latter implication is hugely significant, because it implies the Chinese government may have discovered, during the course of its research on GMOs, what has been discovered by some Western farmers and universities: the use of GMOs over time, along with “monoculture” planting methods, actually results in falling yields, not rising ones. Indeed, I blogged earlier this year about a University of Iowa study that indicates some problems. We can, of course, write off the Australian website comment about GMO concerns being “sheer undiluted paranoia” as a kind of sheer, undiluted paranoia of its own designed to divert attention away from what has been the main issue all along, and that is, the utter lack of any genuine independent intergenerational research on the environmental effects of GMOs.

Food is, of course, a major national security issue for any self-respecting Chinese government, after all, that nation has the world’s largest population to feed. India is another, and unfortunately, for the moment, under the West’s GMO thumb…. but what if China shares its research and concerns with fellow BRICSA nation India?

If that were to happen, then I suspect we’re watching the beginning of my long-hypothesized transformation of the GMO issue into a geopolitical one by the BRICSA nations.

See you on the flip side.

THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: MIT AND SELECTIVE GENE REPAIR: EXPLICIT BENEFITS, AND IMPLICIT DANGERS

There’s been another important development in the “quadrangle” of GRIN technologies(genetics, robotics, information processing, and nanotechnology) that form the Tranhumanist movement’s vision of the “singularity”, and this time it’s in the world of genetics: Editing the genome with high precision There are some key paragraphs here: “The new system is much more user-friendly, Zhang says.[More...]

THE GMO SCRABOOK…MAYBE!: CHINA INKS DEALS WITH ZIMBABWE

China and Zimbabwe have just inked several deals, and this one – shared by Mr. B. – positively invites our customary high octane speculation: China, Zimbabwe ink slew of cooperation deals Lest we forget, the article outlines why Zimbabwe is the target of Western sanctions – well, at least outlines some, though certainly not all, of the[More...]

THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA, SERIOUS ABOUT THAT GMO LABELING AND BAN, IS TAKING McDONALD’S TO COURT

In yesterday’s News and Views from the Nefarium(Aug 21, 2014) I reported about two articles, one, a two year old article about some provocative admissions from a Nestle’s manager, and the other, a more recent article about Russia’s imposition of fines on agricultural producers in that country that do not properly label GMO products. Most of[More...]

BIG AGRICULTURE, GMOs, AND THE UKRAINE

Here’s another article, from earlier this year (March in fact), about the big agriculture lurking in the background of the events that have unfolded in the Ukraine, and again, it was shared with us by Catherine Austin Fitts. This one, folks, shines the light of an even more enlightening context on Mr. Putin’s recent moves[More...]

THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: INDIA: THE FLY IN THE BRICSA OINTMENT

Yesterday I blogged about a scenario I speculated about in last Thursday’s News and Views from the Nefarium, namely, that it appears President Putin of Russia is using the Western sanctions as a crisis of opportunity to forge a BRICSA bloc agricultural trade zone, and through that perhaps, to start negotiation on a set of agricultural[More...]

THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: THE VATICAN HAS BEEN “LOBBIED”(READ, PRESSURED)…

In Thursday’s News and Views from the Nefarium, I reported on some interesting developments in Russia regarding agricultural imports. You’ll recall, Russia is banning most agricultural imports from the USA, Canada, Australia, and the EU, and expanding its imports from countries like China, Turkey, South Africa, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. Notably absent from that list was India,[More...]

THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA SET TO BAN US AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

There has been an interesting – if not predictable – development in the ongoing feud between Russia and the USA, and this time, it’s food that’s in the crosshairs, as Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Duma are toying with the idea of a complete ban of all American agricultural products: Russia to ban[More...]

THEY WANT YOUR BLOOD NOW…THE QUESTION IS WHY?

This very unusual article was passed on to me by Mr.K.L., a regular reader here, and I had to include it in this week’s blog scheduling. In fact, when I read it, I immediately moved it into the “finals” pile without even putting it into the “semi-finals” pile, because its contents are so unusual. There is, it[More...]

THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA CONSIDERING BILL TO MAKE GMOs A TERRORIST THREAT

…yes, you read that correctly. There is a bill being considered before the Russian state Duma to consider those who introduce GMOs into a region to be “terrorists”: GMO producers should be punished as terrorists, Russian MPs say What’s interesting here is that the headline of the article is not targeting the grower or farmer of GMOs, but[More...]