Cui Yongyuan, a political advisor and former CCTV talk show host, receives an interview on March 3, 2014. [Photo/China.org.cn]
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Political advisor calls for strict supervision of GM crops - China.org.cn:
Cui Yongyuan, a political advisor and former CCTV talk show host, has called on the government to strengthen supervision of GM crops.
The government should strengthen its supervision of the commercialization of GM crops, especially the practice of illegally growing GM crops, said Cui Yongyuan, a political advisor and former CCTV talk show host.
He made the comment on March 3, before the opening of the second session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's national advisory body.
"I hope all illegally planting can be stopped," Cui said, stressing that "the abusive practice hasn't aroused the concerns it deserves for a long period of time."
"According to our surveys over the past six months, GM crops, including GM corn and rice, are illegally grown on a large scale in some Chinese provinces, including Jilin, Guangxi, Hunan and Hubei," Cui said,
"The reality is that many GM crops have entered our food chain," he added.
So far, China has approved only the production of GM cotton, and only on an experimental basis, according to Cui.
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