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 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: 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...]

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY: CHINA AND RUSSIA INDICATING NEW SPACE COOPERATION

Here  is a very important article that was sent to me by Mr. G.B., indicating the newest developments in Russo-Chinese cooperation within the BRICSA bloc. And this one deserves some careful attention: Russia may join forces with China to compete with US, European satnavs First, you’ll note that the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin[More...]

THE COLD WAR ACT TWO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA DUMPS US TREASURIES

Many of you notices these two stories over at Zero Hedge, and since I have been predicting an inevitable backlash against Washington’s heavy-handedness, and the inevitable BRICSA backlash against the reserve currency status of the US dollar, the following stories are worthy of mention: Russia, China, Iran hold De-Dollarization Meeting Of course, there’s nothing new there, and, underneath[More...]

THE COMING BRICSA CLEARING

Mr. P.H. kindly shared this article with me, and it’s an indicator of the looming possibility that the BRICSA nations are not only fed up with the USSA’s high-handed behavior, but another indicator that my prediction of BRICSA independent international financial clearing may be quietly in the works. (Now, for those still sitting on the[More...]

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM MARCH 27 2014

Joseph comments on new geopolitical initiatives from Russia and what they might portend, referencing the following three articles: Russia to launch its payment system in months, as disruption fears mount Petrodollar alert: Putin Prepares To Announce “Holy Grail” Gas Deal With China Russia Prepares Mega-Deal With India After Locking Up China With “Holy Grail” Gas[More...]

CHINA SLAMS US HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Yes, you read that headline correctly. The Chinese government is calling into question the USA’s human rights record. Check out this article from Zero Hedge’s “Tyler Durden”: China Strikes Back at US Human Rights Violations The article, as you’ll note, specifically references the NSA spying-Ed Snowden affair as the primary violation of human rights that the[More...]

CHINA, INDIA, AND…. ISRAEL!?!?

(My thanks to Mr. C.D.H. of the U.K. for drawing our attention to this!) Yesterday I blogged about the Iranian nuclear deal and the Ukraine’s sudden pivot away from the European union and back towards Moscow as a part of a growing list of indicators that US diplomatic power is on the irrevocable wane, and[More...]

INDIA, MARS, AND A SABOTAGED SPACE PROGRAM?

This intriguing and suggestive article was sent to me by Mr. K.B., an Indian, and for those who have been tracking the shenanigans in space, this is disturbing at so many levels, if true. The shenanigans in space, let us recall, are almost too numerous to mention. We have – and this is just the short[More...]

PUTIN AND SYRIA: THE DAILY BELL’S TAKE

As many of you know, I like the UK’s Daily Bell, the libertarian-Austrian economics-oriented internet site that, until a few weeks ago, was a regular feature here. Then The Daily Bell suddenly “quit”, and, as many of you know, is now back. While I have questions and disagreements with aspects of Austrian economics, their perspective is always[More...]