China has become one of the biggest users of biotech farming with over four million hectares of agricultural land planted with genetically modified (GM) crops currently
A report on the status of commercialised GM crops from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) claimed that
The main biotech crop in
Last year, GM crops planted by developing countries accounted for 52 per cent of the world total, rising two per cent year-on-year.
Worldwide 10.3mn hectares were planted to GM crops with an increase of six per cent over the year before.
Globally, the area planted to GM crops has risen from 1.7mn hectares in 1996 to 170.3mn hectares in 2012.
ISAAA chairman Clive James was quoted by the Beijing News as saying, “GM crop technology has been adopted faster than any other planting technology in modern history.”
James suggested that
Fang Zhouzi, an expert in chemical biology, told the Global Times that developing intellectual property rights on GM crops should be fully supported.
Fang doesn’t believe GM foods will be a risk to human health, pointing out that the