Crop Biotech Update

Bringing Agri-biotech to Life in China

December 10, 2010

Food safety is the topic most discussed and debated about regarding GM technology in 2010. To educate both media and the public, an Agriculture Biotech and Food Safety Media Workshop was organized by Croplife China on November 30, 2010 in Beijing. A total of 22 media practitioners participated in the event.

Prof. Yang Xiaoguang from the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention; Prof. Luo Yunbo, Dean of the College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering of China Agriculture University; and Mr. Zu Maotang, GM cotton farmer from Hebei Province, gave presentations.

Media feedback was positive saying that they learned a lot from the workshop. Suo Hanxue from China Business said that, "The workshop was very impressive, Prof. Luo's speech almost answered all my questions and concerns towards GM technology." Tang Yi from Beijing Science and Technology News said that "the presentations given were well prepared, very informative, and persuasive." Also, to bring the idea of GM crops to life, media were asked to taste GM papaya and take home cooking oil made from GM soybean and rapeseed.

For details of the workshop, contact Phoebe Chen from Croplife China at phoebechen@vip.163.com For more information about biotechnology in China, email Prof. Zhang Hongxiang from ISAAA ChinaBIC at zhanghx@mail.las.ac.cn