Banned Chinese GMO rice approved to be sold in the U.S.
Genetically modified rice produced in China has been approved to be exported to the U.S, even though China have not approved it to be sold in their own country.
While millions of people know about Monsanto and the harm the company has caused to people and the environment through Agent Orange, DDT, glyphosate, and GMO crops, few people seem to know exactly which GMO crops to avoid.
The main GMO crops to avoid mainly include ingredients with corn, soy, canola, sugar beets (listed as “sugar”), and cotton.
Much smaller amounts of potatoes, apples, crookneck squash, alfalfa, and papaya may also be GMO, rounding out the simple non-GMO shopper’s list (buy organic whenever possible to avoid pesticides as well).
Now, however, one of the most common foods mistakenly thought of as GMO has officially been approved through a deal with China, and it could become part of the above list in the near future if government regulators have their way.
U.S. FDA Officially Approves Chinese Grown GMO Rice
According to a new report from the Global Times of China, the first variety of Chinese GMO rice has been approved for export and human consumption after it was created by a group of scientists in the country.
The product is designed to reduce pesticides by being genetically engineered to be resistant to a wide range of insects; however critics wonder as to whether these aims will come to fruition as multiple types of GM crops in the U.S. have faced stiff resistance from “superbugs” and weeds that have spring up in opposition to them in the field.
The rice has not been approved for mass cultivation yet, however has been approved by the U.S. FDA in an email to Lin Yongjun, a professor at Huazhong Agricultural University, a developer of the rice. The FDA reportedly approved the rice based on the safety and nutritional assessment conducted by the university itself.
But this hasn’t stopped it from being approved to be exported and sold by the FDA in the U.S, thanks to the close relationship the FDA have with China and other exporters of cheap, substandard food that meets the needs of the high-consumption of the American food market.
GMO crops are dubious on terms of health, many people do their best to steer clear from them and prefer to buy organic food that was grown in the ground and not created in a lab.
The rice product, known as Huahui was developed by Lin Yongjun and his team. He told the Global Times that the product had not been approved to be sold in his own country because of public opposition.
“The country has not conducted regional trials nor provided guidelines to examine genetically engineered rice.”
But Lin’s University received an email from the FDA on January 11th stating that they had approved the rice in the U.S.
Lin’s confidence in his product is high and he believes the U.S had made the right choice in deciding to import it.
“This shows that the FDA recognizes the data and the experimental method used by Chinese agencies in assessing the safety and nutritional value of Huahui No.1, and that the FDA has confidence in the safety of Huahui No.1 as both food and fodder,”
The genetically modified rice has been designed to be resistant to a range of insects, and thus would cut down on the number of pesticides needed in growing the crops, but the consumer is still left with a product that cannot boast that it is 100% natural.
China are taking their time when it comes to GMO food and their long term plan to approve various types of GM food is going to take more time than the U.S’s decision to quickly leap on board with the product.
Luo Yunbo, an expert on GM products at China Agricultural University said:
“The government wants to take its time on GM food for social stability reason. It has a three-step plan to gradually industrialize GM crops, first on inedible crops, then on vegetables and fruits and the last on staple food such as rice and wheat,”
“There is still a long way to go before the public accepts GM rice in the market,”
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