China’s Agriculture Chief Again Hints at Backing for Genetically Modified Foods

Caixin Global | Feb 22, 2021 at 8:38 PM
  • China’s agriculture minister said the country must seek “self-sufficiency in agricultural technology” to ensure its people have enough to eat, sending fresh signals that the government is preparing to back greater commercialization of genetically modified (GM) food.
  • On Sunday, China’s ruling Communist Party and the State Council, the country’s cabinet, issued new proposals on the revitalization of agriculture and rural areas, continuing an 18-year pattern in which the leadership’s first official publication after the Lunar New Year focuses on farming and rural livelihoods.
  • At the December conference, Chinese leaders also pledged to “resolve seed and arable land issues” this year through “respect for science,” a phrase widely seen as a signal of implicit support for GM crops.