THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: CHINA BOWS TO PUBLIC OPINION: A STEP CLOSER TO GMO ...October 1, 2014
Ms.M.W. shared an important article, that may be another indicator that GMOs are poised to become a geopolitical issue:
Note the important paragraphs here:
"It is the first time that China's Ministry of Agriculture, has cited public opinion as a reason for delaying approval of a GMO crop, the sources said.
"The decision could fuel wider agribusiness concerns over an increasingly tough environment for GMO crops in China.
"'Previously if the MoA decided not to approve a new product, it would be because of not enough data,' said an executive with an industry association, who did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.
"'But this year, the reason is because they are considering social acceptance problems.'"
I remain highly skeptical that public opinion counts for much of anything in the policy-making levels of the Communist People's Republic of China. So what's really going on?
Regular readers here know that for some time I've been predicting that GMOs would gradually be transformed into a geopolitical issue by the BRICSA bloc of nations, and that eventually, they would seek to position themselves as exporters of "natural" or "heirloom" seeds to the growing opposition to GMOs in the west, and hence, challenging the Western "agribusiness" giants whose chokehold on agriculture in the West has been via a variety of weak regulatory agencies, the strict application of American standards of patent law, and so on.
Already we've seen some significant stories, that would seem to indicate that this strategy may be gradually unfolding before our eyes. Russia has already sounded several warnings about GMOs, with some in its state Duma proposing a total moratorium on the products, as a real intergenerational scientific study was undertaken to determine their long-term effects on crop yields and environmental/eco-system impacts. More recently, Argentina has released a five year study documenting a doubling of cancer rates in regions where GMO crops are cultivated. And we've seen China take steps to ban this or that specific product, but usually, as the Reuters article indicates, because of a lack of data.
This "lack of data" is of course an interesting comment in and of itself, for what China has really been saying is that the data provided by what are essentially corrupted scientific studies in the West "just don't cut it."
But now, China is saying something very different: its rejection of GMOs is because of "public opinion," and that means, in a nutshell, that the market-watching Chinese are looking at the international markets and the growing GMO opposition around the world.
And that means, in turn, that the GMO issue has taken another significant step to becoming the international geopolitical issue - easily exploitable by the BRICSA bloc - that I have been proposing it would become.
NOW...all that being said... let's look at another possibility, for some in that country seem to be calling for a media blitz in favor of the GMO:
What might this signal? For one thing, the possibility that there are factions within China, each contending, one for integration within a western financial system - of which GMOs play a crucial roll - and one against(recalling our recent blog about the possibility that Chinese military exercises might have been disguising counter-coup activity). It might, equally, signal the triumph of one party over another, or the possibility that some external pressure has been applied.
Two steps forward, one step back... this is one to watch folks, for with the largest single population of any nation on earth, where China goes, the BRICSA bloc will be hard pressed not to follow. And if that's the case, my model of GMO geopolitics must be thrown into the trash bin.
See you on the flip side.