Greenpeace: Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO cornStaff writer ▼ |
Report Beijing has spent billions of dollars to develop GMO crops
Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China's northeast, said environmental non-profit Greenpeace.
The new findings seem to confirm concerns that Beijing will be unable to supervise the planting of GMO crops once commercial cultivation is permitted, leading to widespread contamination of the food chain with GM varieties.
In its report, Greenpeace said 93 percent of samples taken last year from corn fields in five counties in Liaoning province, part of China's breadbasket, tested positive for GMO contamination.
Furthermore, almost all of the seed samples taken from grain markets and samples of corn-based foods at supermarkets in the area also tested positive.
"It is very likely that much of the illegal GE corn has already entered grain storage warehouses, wholesale and retail markets across the country, ultimately ending up in citizens' food," said Greenpeace in a report. ■
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