Is China Ready For Gm Rice? Essay

836 Words Mar 8th, 2015 4 Pages
In the article “Is China ready for GM rice?,” Jane Qiu discusses the dilemma China currently faces and argues the need for alternative methods to meet the population’s demand while considering its potential negative effects. A 3.7 (US) billion-dollar investment is being made by the Chinese government towards research and development to withstand the supply and demand of its rice consumption. With more than half of the world’s population depending on rice as a primary source of calories, China’s population alone is estimated to be 1.45 billion by 2020. A 25% increase in grain production is needed in order for China to keep up with the demand. Genetic modified foods are the process of forcing a set of genes into a species from another. In particular, a GM crop is the unnatural growth of a product to enhance and withstand risks of damage to otherwise naturally occurring crops. This unprecedented push to support genetically modified (GM) crops by the Chinese comes with considerable implications, which is a concern for many. With the uncertainty of what the repercussions may be in the future surrounding genetically modified rice, we could potentially see a greater death toll that is unimaginable, ultimately leaving us the choice between picking two poisons. Continue on the path we are on and salvage what we can or risk an unprecedented wipe out?
Picking your poison you may ask? Reality is, the issue with GM crops not only is effecting China, but could impact your country sooner…

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