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Genetically Modified Food

State media tries to persuade Chinese public GMO food is safe

The US Department of Agriculture has forecast China’s rice imports would reach a record high of 3.4 million tonnes in 2013/14. Photo: Reuters

China’s state media is working overtime to persuade the public that genetically modified food is safe, apparently softening up the population for a policy switch to allow the sale of such food to ensure its 1.35 billion people have enough to eat.

Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 10:55am 1 comment

Plant scientists question Monsanto's findings about escaped wheat variety

An anti-Monsanto protest in California in May. Photo: AFP

In its first detailed response to the announcement that a genetically modified wheat not approved for use was found growing in an American farmer's field, Monsanto said that it tested 31,200 seed samples in the US states of Oregon, where the wheat was found, and Washington and found no contamination.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:37am

Letters to the Editor, June 3, 2013

A march against Monsanto in Los Angeles.Photo: AFP People

Alex Lo's column scolding the millions around the world who marched against Monsanto and its genetically modified crops ("Time to modify our stance on GM food", May 28) misses the point entirely.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 3 comments

Time to modify our stance on GM food

Officials from the Centre for Food Safety and the Consumer Council speak to the media regarding latest test findings on genetically modified corn ingredients in prepackaged food. Photo: David Wong

Millions of activists marched around the world over the weekend against seeds giant Monsanto and the genetically modified crops it produces, according to news reports. Millions? Can so many still be so misguided?

28 May 2013 - 1:21am 8 comments

Millions join global rallies against Monsanto's GMO seeds

An anti-GMO-food protester holds up a model bee in Paris.  Photo: AFP

Hundreds of people held marches on Saturday in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. In Washington, protesters wearing yellow-and-black shirts lay on the pavement in a bee "die-in" outside Monsanto's offices.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Mapping of genetic codes likely to lead to better varieties of wheat

Mapping of genetic codes likely to lead to better varieties of wheat. Photo: Xinhua

Once scientists finish precisely mapping all the wheat genomes, higher-yielding varieties that are more resilient to disease and harsh weather conditions are expected to be developed.

3 Apr 2013 - 2:27pm

Fear of GM crops does not stand up to facts

A corncob of genetically-engineered with MON810 by U.S. company Monsanto in Germany. Photo: AP

People everywhere are increasingly vulnerable to the use of what Nobel Prize-winning chemist Irving Langmuir dubbed "pathological science" to justify government regulation or other policies.

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am 5 comments

Parents of children in Hunan GM rice trial were lied to

Parents of children who unwittingly took part in a controversial testing of genetically modified rice on children in Hunan five years ago - which resulted in the sacking of three scientists on Thursday - were only shown the last page of the endorsement paper, state media reported yesterday.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:41am

GM tomatoes could unclog arteries and prevent heart attacks

Tomatoes genetically engineered to unclog arteries and a strain of a bacteria in yogurt designed to lower cholesterol are among a new wave of alternative remedies showing promise in the fight against heart disease.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

Golden rice can end world hunger

Golden Rice grain and its white grain rival. Photo: Isagani Serrano

Rice is a food staple for two billion people worldwide, but it does not contain provitamin A. That is one of the reasons why 250 million children worldwide have a deficit in this vital vitamin.

Vitamin A is not only important for vision, but also for resistance to infectious diseases.

1 Oct 2012 - 6:46pm

China suspends 'GM rice' scientist pending further probes by ethics panel

Golden Rice grain compared to white rice grain.

Chinese health authorities have suspended a government researcher involved in a controversial genetically modified rice trial at a Hunan primary school and criticised the American research chief for failing to get the necessary approvals.

12 Sep 2012 - 12:18pm

China investigates whether children used in GMO ‘golden rice’ trial

China’s health authorities will investigate allegations that genetically modified (GMO) rice was tested on Chinese children as part of a Sino-US research project, state media said on Tuesday.

One Chinese researcher has been suspended by authorities while investigations are carried out.

23 Sep 2012 - 6:19pm

Controversy erupts over genetically modified rice study

Hunan primary-school pupils were used to study the nutritional value of the genetically modified golden rice strain. Photo: CPS

A controversy has erupted on the mainland over the ethics of using primary-school children in Hunan in a study of the nutritional value of a genetically modified (GM) rice strain.

And the latest twist is that several Chinese scientists named as partners in the American-led study, conducted four years ago, denied participating in it at all, the People's Daily said yesterday.

6 Sep 2012 - 9:49am


Let's stop compensated dating

Young girls getting involved in compensated dating is a serious problem. It is not only a social problem, but also a moral issue. It is probably related to other problems, which makes it complex.

31 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

A leader needed for next green revolution

No winner of the Nobel Peace Prize could claim to have saved as many lives as the late Norman Borlaug. The high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties the American pioneered in the 1960s in response to a looming population crisis earned him the title 'father of the green revolution'.

15 Sep 2009 - 12:00am