China Sees GMO Soybeans as a Trade War Tool
China plans to grow genetically modified soybeans in Argentina, hoping the crop will provide a “hand-up for China in the face of the ongoing trade war with the US,” according to the state-run Global Times newspaper. The plan to grow the genetically modified soybeans in Argentina is notable because Chinese law bans them domestically. Beijing has been a proponent of GMO technology, denying it poses health risks, even while it bans domestic cultivation. Critics have said China’s two-faced GMO policy essentially outsources some of the ecological risks while providing cheap food for Chinese consumption. Read more here.