This Chinese Province Passes a 5 Year GMO Ban

A region in the most most populous nation on earth is taking a hard stance against genetically modified crops. Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, the country's largest grain producer, is banning genetically modified (GMO) crops.The province recently passed a regulation which will go into effect on May 1, 2017 and will ban GMO corn, rice, and soybeans. It also bans the illegal production and sales of GMO crops and seeds.

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The provincial government’s decision comes after a survey taken in the province in October in which 91.5 percent of people expressed objections to GMO crops. The regulation is the first ban on GMO production in China. 

“We support the research and development of transgenic technology, but we should be cautious in applying the techniques in crop production,” said Yao Dawei, director of the provincial legislature.

Russia banned the the production of all GMO crops and animals when the Russian legislature passed a bill in June. The bill gave the Russian government the power to stop the importation of any products containing GMO ingredients if negative impacts to health or the environment are found.

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“The Ministry of Agriculture is strongly against GMOs, Russian products will remain clean,” Russia’s Agriculture Minister, Alexander Tkachev said.

Both Russia and China require labels on GMO foods, as do over 60 countries around the world. Although a handful of states in the U.S. require GMO foods to be labeled, President Obama signed a bill into law last summer that can nullify state GMO labeling laws. Most developed nations have either restrictions or bans on the production and sale of GMOs. The U.S. and Canada have approved both the production and sale of GMOs based on research conducted by the same companies that have created them and make money from their sales. 

In the U.S. most soybeans (94 percent), corn (80 percent) and cotton (93 percent) planted in 2016 were GMOs. In 1997 only a small percentage of soybeans, corn and cotton crops were GMOs. Most sugar beets grown in the U.S. are also GMO. 

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By Gina-Marie Cheeseman| December 27, 2016
Categories:  Live

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Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie is a freelance writer armed with a passion for healthy living and a degree in journalism. Hailing from the dry, sunny Central San Joaquin Valley, she hasn't let the heat fry her brain!

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