Well, the next time you eat rice, you might want to check whether it comes from Kansas or not, and if so, be on alert you might be eating a family member, so to speak:
Of course, we're fed the usual blithering babble from our government, and a "nice" cover story that this is all about preventing diarrhea in children. Pardon me, but I was unaware of a massive diarrhea outbreak in American children. So whose children are we talking about here? China's children? India's children? Peru's children? It's all about the children in other words, recollecting Janet Reno's plaintive (and pathetic) efforts at showing compassion for the "children" at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.
Indeed, it may indeed be all about the children. Let us recall that China recently told a certain American company by the name of Monsanto to take its genetically altered seeds and plant them where the sun doesn't shine, and to get back with the Chinese government in about thirty years, after which time, the Chinese told us, they will have had time to observe the effects of this genetically engineered trash on our own population and its children. The Chinese are not stupid, and neither should we be.
What today begins as an attempt to modify a plant to produce a particular protein for a particular purpose can tomorrow be an attempt to modify food in other ways, perhaps with the view to modifying behavior, or, alternatively, to get ordinary humans to commit acts they would, under other circumstances, eschew: cannibalism for instance. It may be an attempt to modify humanity itself.
Of course, this in and of itself is a minor story, but it is symptomatic of a wider concern; the internet abounds with stories of such food modification, and there are serious research efforts and books that have been published on the subject, but the bottom line remains that China - certainly no stranger to allowing all sorts of grizzly genetic experiments of its own - is casting a wary eye on transgenic foods. We should exercise due caution as well. After all, these scientists have no real ethical or moral constraints, and fundamentally, they are pursuing a dangerous course whose ultimate issue they know no better than we. We shouldn't expect otherwise, for common sense has never marked the behavior of the mad scientist.