Breaking News: China Destroys 3 US Shipments of GM Corn

no_gmoAccording to a report released today by GMWatch, China destroyed three shipments of GM corn imported from the US.

The first two shipments are referenced on the website of the Zhuhai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, confirming that two illegal GM corn shipments entered Wanzai Port in Zhuhai City on May 7th, and were subsequently destroyed:

Recently, during inspection and quarantine of imported food from USA by a certain company, the Wanzai Office of Zhuhai Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (in Guangdong Province in the south of China) detected two shipments containing GM corn products, which are not in compliance with China’s “Entry and Exit of Genetically Modified Products Inspection and Quarantine Management Approach“. The Office destroyed the two shipments of corn according to the provisions.*

The existence of a third shipment was confirmed in a May 19th article appearing on news.china.com.cn titled, “Harbin intercepted a total of 115 kgs of GM corn seeds, which will be destroyed“:

Recently, the Harbin Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau intercepted inbound mail of 21 cartons of corn seeds from USA, totaling 115 kgs, which were detected as GM seeds. This is the first time that the Heilongjiang Provincial Inspection and Quarantine System has intercepted inbound corn seeds containing GM ingredients. These corn seeds will be destroyed. *

Surprisingly, despite these seemingly drastic steps by Chinese authorities to destroy GM seeds, anarticle in China Daily from last year explains that the consumption of GM soybeans is already universal in China, even despite widespread public concerns that they have not been adequately safety tested:

Summary: Imported RR soybeans (Roundup herbicide resistant GM soybeans) has already accounted to over 80% of total consumption of soybeans in China, but the assessment and approval procedures for the initial imported GM soybeans, has been oppugned that it’s examination procedures exists with defects. According to news reports, on Feb. 20, 2012, Gu Xiu-lin and other three citizens upon application were approved to check the “certification documents for the GM soybeans obtaining safety certificates”.

The China Daily article goes on to quote Shi Yan-quan, Deputy Director, Agricultural Finance and Education Dept., who stated on April 20, 2012, that over 50 million tons of GMO soybeans were imported to China in 2011 alone. The article also refers to the fact that for eight years, 1.3 billion Chinese consumers have been consuming Monsanto’s GM food crops, relying entirely on biotech-funded safety evaluations, without any independent safety testing carried out by the Chinese government.

Additionally, a revealing study published in 2012 found that the Chinese print media is completely co-opted by biotech industry influence. They revealed that “48.1% of articles were largely supportive of the GM technology research and development programs and the adoption of GM cottons, while 51.9% of articles were neutral on the subject of GMOs. Risks associated with GMOs were mentioned in the newspaper articles, but none of the articles expressed negative tones in regards to GMOs.”
The authors concluded:

Chinese print media is largely supportive of GMOs. It also indicates that the print media describes the Chinese government as actively pursuing national GMO research and development programs and the promotion of GM cotton usage.

Are these latest incidents of the destruction of GM imports a sign that the tide is turning, and China, one of the world’s largest consumers of GM food, is finally drawing a hard and fast line against Monsanto and related biotech corporations co-option of their food supply?

References
GMWatch.org, China Destroys three Shipments of GM Corn from US, May 22nd, 2013
*Translated by a Chinese citizen whose identity remains anonymous, but GMWatch refers to under the pseudonym as “Mr. Li.”

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41 Responses to "Breaking News: China Destroys 3 US Shipments of GM Corn"

  1. Shana Teng  May 23, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Sorry, your map is wrong, Taiwan doesn’t belongs China. please change it. Taiwan has got the own government.

    Reply
    • Minas Morgul  May 23, 2013 at 2:53 am

      1. NO ONE CARES.
      2. YES IT IS, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

    • Chinese  May 24, 2013 at 5:42 am

      Fuck Taiwan you wanna be American materialistic cunt! You are Chinese. Deal with it!

    • robert h siddell jr  May 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Mr Chinese, my wife is “chinese” Philippino and so are her friends so does that make the Philippines part of China?

    • Stefan  May 28, 2013 at 6:14 am

      It belongs to China the Chinese government says so!

  2. rich sang  May 23, 2013 at 5:01 am

    If you care about freedom you would know that Taiwan is the last bastion of the free Republic of China-albeit tiny- people do care- just like we care about toxic GM plants impregnated with fertilizer- check ur facts Mindless Mongol!

    Reply
  3. theempress  May 23, 2013 at 8:23 am

    why do people feel so compelled to insult each other in this page? in every post, in every comment thread… really, aren’t we all here for the same reasons? or all we want to do is “be right”? :(

    All arguments lose their validity when people trying to validate them do so by addressing others without respect (ie, derogative language, name calling etc). If proving people wrong over the internet, and moreover doing so in this way, is your goal, then this saddens me.

    Not because I think I’m better than you, but because I think true activists are better than that… just a thought

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    • stryder  May 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Agreed…this compulsion to always be ‘right’ and angry is disheartening. If one wonders why we are not a united people it is because we choose to divide ourselves. ultimately, we all want the same things…

    • Bart Adamson  June 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you. You are a beacon of sanity and hope. I’m with you.

  4. Taylor  May 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I’m not understanding why people don’t understand this. No countries except out corn or grains. The EU won’t even accept it. Animals won’t eat it, but the FDA says its ok for human consumption?

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    • Chinese  May 24, 2013 at 5:43 am

      People are dumb shits.

    • robert h siddell jr  May 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Mr Chinese is half right: half the people have IQ’s less than 100 and eat GMO corn but the good news is they will take themselves out of the gene pool by doing so.

    • Kevin  May 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      They feel offended that china won’t eat the same food they eat! LMAO “If its good enough for me it damn well better be god enough for you I tell you what” :)

  5. coover g  May 23, 2013 at 8:59 am

    dont lose your focus on what is of real importance

    Reply
  6. Cristina  May 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    gosh if China can do it wth is wrong w/ us?

    Reply
  7. FeetIn TwoCreeks  May 24, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Is everyone complaining here writing and calling legislators and sharing the feedback? It does make a difference. That’s why well over 200,000 people are marching worldwide against Monsanto on May 25th. For those who cannot travel, there is an ‘online March Against Monsanto” and plenty of veterans’ groups speaking against Monsanto as well (remember Agent Orange?) If you haven’t you can use my FB page as a springboard to other sources: https://www.facebook.com/feetin.twocreeks

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  8. SMERK1 623  May 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    PPL FROM TAIWAN ARE TAIWANESE AND ARE INDEPENDENT FROM CHINA. CHINA WANTS TAIWAN FOR THEMSELVES THAT’S A FACT. MY MOTHER IS FROM TAIWAN BUT SHE SAYS SHES CHINESE I GUESS THAT’S HOW IT WAS BACK IN HER DAY LOL. ITS LIKE PPL THAT ARE BORN HERE SAYING THEY’RE MEXICAN BUT REALLY THEY’RE CHICANO OR HISPANIC. THIS IS A DIGRESSION FROM THE MAIN POINT BUT YOU GET WHAT I MEAN.

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    • Pat Hayes  June 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Confused ? Maybe that’s the idea .?. That might be why their language is so much different, than ours.?. Confusious Confusion not so different, tho….just say’n..peace out

  9. SMERK1 623  May 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Minas Morgul and Chinese are dumb shits its funny how CHINESE says ppl are dumb shits say your one too. Lol

    Reply
  10. nubwaxer  May 26, 2013 at 2:39 am

    france just beat back some kind of gmo threat.

    Reply
  11. fishman  May 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    organic is the only way! working with nature and not against! educating ppl to the benefits of organic is the way to go!

    Reply
  12. Bombs4you  May 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    taiwan is the ROC. it is a administered by the ROC.

    it is claimed by PRC (china) however it is not within the chinese mainland control.

    this is just like North Korea and South Korea.

    Reply
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  14. julius de vera  June 14, 2013 at 1:24 am

    China is for Chinese,Taiwan is for Taiwanese just like Philippines is for Filipinos.Does any of you wants to see your beloved country be owned by another country then that is your problem

    Reply

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