Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Genetic Manipulated Foods Are Not Healthy! (Part 3)


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China rejects US corn on fears over genetic modification
BBC News
20 December 2013

China has rejected 545,000 tons of imported US corn found to contain an unapproved genetically modified strain.
(Left: China's Ministry of Agriculture has begun a publicity campaign in support of GM foods)
An unapproved strain called MIR162 was found in 12 batches of corn, China's product safety agency said.
China backs genetically modified crops to increase food production, but has faced opposition from critics who question their safety.
The agency called on US authorities to tighten controls to ensure unapproved strains are not sent to China.
China allowed its first imports of a genetically modified crop, soybeans, in 1997. Authorities are trying to develop others that produce bigger yields or can resist insects without use of pesticides.
China has already approved 15 varieties of genetically-modified corn for imports and MIR162 is awaiting approval.
"The safety evaluation process [for MIR162] has not been completed and no imports are allowed at the moment before the safety certificate is issued," said China's vice agricultural minister, Niu Dun.
The Ministry of Agriculture has recently launched a publicity campaign to allay concerns over GM foods and says the criticisms are unfounded.
The first batch of corn was rejected in November after authorities detected MIR162.
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By Bloomberg News
December 20, 2013
China said the country isn’t ready to import a variety of corn genetically modified for insect resistance, after 12 batches containing the so-called MIR 162 grain from the U.S. were rejected.
The MIR 162 corn “hasn’t received safety certification, so it cannot be imported,” Vice Minister Niu Dun said at a press conference in Beijing at the conclusion of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. Niu was speaking after talks attended by officials including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
As of yesterday, 12 shipments of U.S. corn totaling 545,000 metric tons were found with MIR 162 and rejected, according to China’s quarantine authority. More refusals may cut shipments to the world’s second-biggest economy, which had placed a record order of 5.9 million tons this year.
“It’s certain now that China won’t allow this variety anytime soon, so it’ll likely deter more shipments,” Li Qiang, the chairman of Shanghai JC Intelligence Co., said from Shanghai.
Corn for March delivery fell 0.5 percent to $4.2825 at 6:14 p.m. Beijing time. The most-active contract has slumped 39 percent this year amid record crop from the U.S.
The trip by Vilsack had raised expectations that the U.S. could place some pressure on China to resolve the issue more quickly, according to Li. “But this was a last-minute and relatively smaller item in the grand scheme of the two nations’ trade,” he said.
China will strive to reach an agreement as the basis of establishing exports of U.S. beef by July 2014, Niu said. The agreement will address issues include the tracing of its safety, range of products and feed, he said.
The U.S. will also conduct a final evaluation on the safety of cooked poultry products from China, and China hopes to begin the trade next year, Niu said.
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Can Genetically Modifying an Orange With a Spinach Gene Save Florida’s Crop?

December 17, 2013

Tomorrow’s oranges might just have a little spinach in them. To battle the spread of a disease called citrus greening—which starves trees of nutrients and causes oranges to become green, misshapen, and bitter, and to fall prematurely—Tropicana (PEP) supplier Southern Gardens Citrus has been funding research to engineer an orange plant that resists greening through a spinach gene. Field trials are “showing promise,” according to a recent update from Food Safety News.
The Department of Agriculture last week said orange output in Florida for the 12 months that started Oct. 1 will be 121 million boxes, the lowest since 1990, reported Bloomberg News. The decrease pushed up orange juice futures prices in New York.
Citrus greening, a disease spread by a small insect called a psyllid, has plagued Florida’s crop for about a decade and now threatens other citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruits in South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and California. Greening has already cost Florida more than $4 billion in lost economic output and thousands of jobs since 2005, economists at the University of Florida estimate.
Having achieved little success with a search for an immune tree, unleashing psyllid predators like wasps and spraying large amounts of pesticides, growers are increasingly seeking a cure by engineering new, disease-resistant trees.
The spinach gene produces a protein that attacks the bacteria, according to Erik Mirkov, a Texas A&M University plant pathologist who’s leading the study. And no, it does not make the oranges taste like spinach.
Mirkov has grafted shoots of the new variety onto existing trees to help them flower faster, thus hastening safety testing of the new pollen on animals including bees and mice and, eventually, government testing of the juice. His work is described in a July New York Times story:
“In some rows were the trees with no new gene in them, sick with greening. In others were the 300 juvenile trees with spinach genes, all healthy. In the middle were the trees that carried his immediate hopes: 15 mature Hamlins and Valencias, seven feet tall, onto which had been grafted shoots of Dr. Mirkov’s spinach gene trees.”
While Southern Gardens’ testing has been positive, any juice from these trees remains years away. And their success on the market would be challenged by consumer concerns about the effect of genetically modified foods on health (such as provoking allergies) and the environment (like escaping into the wild or harming beneficial insects). As Southern Gardens President Ricke Kress told Food safety News: “Proof of success will only come with the public.”

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