Beijing, China, October 4 (Reporter Shen Jingwen) According to the Voice of Chinaâ€™s â€œYangguang Newsâ€ report, there is a transnational company that does not qualify as â€œgenetically modifiedâ€: Monsanto. Although Monsanto is not the only company in the world that sells genetically modified seeds, Monsanto is almost the only target for attacks in the eyes of GM technology opponents. The reason is not difficult to understand: 90% of the biotech seeds grown in the world are from Monsanto or its authorization. In the dispute between traditional breeding and biotechnology, where does Monsanto stand?
Non-transgenic and genetically modified, traditional breeding and biotechnology, in the eyes of some opponents of transgenic technology, the two are incompatible. This is also the question most frequently asked by Monsanto President Brett Begemann: Is Monsanto committed to replacing non-GM "evil empire" with genetically modified technology?
Breit Bergman: Monsantoâ€™s annual R&D expenditure is US$1.5 billion to research new agricultural technologies. Of the 1.5 billion, more than half are devoted to the study of traditional breeding. Some people may say that science is on this side, and traditional breeding is on the other side, but the fact is that traditional breeding and scientific advantages are combined to historically improve the efficiency of agricultural production. Yes, we spent a lot of money on biotechnology and achieved success, but we are also the largest traditional breeding company in the world.
According to reports, China is the first country to consume genetically modified foods as staple food. Monsanto clarified that in fact, the United States is the first one. Since 1996, the United States has applied GM crops to commercial production. Except for animal feed, approximately 60% to 70% of formula foods directly consumed by Americans contain genetically modified components such as soybean oil, corn oil, and corn. Starch, corn syrup, etc. Kevin Eblen, then president of Monsanto China, made it clear in 2011 that the family had eaten genetically modified food for 14 years.
The â€œMonsanto rumorsâ€ on the Internet are all-encompassing. Gao Yong, director of global law and science affairs at Monsanto, said that Monsantoâ€™s product development is strictly regulated by the U.S. government. The so-called evil move will not only be done by Monsanto, but also by the U.S. government. Impossible to allow.
Gao Yong: The supervision is very strict and it is actually super-strict. From the companyâ€™s approval, the companyâ€™s development of a new product is probably more than ten years, half the time, about six to seven years, or even eight years, which is the entire process of approval and safety evaluation. So it's very long.
The process of this review was jointly conducted by USDA of the US Department of Agriculture, the FDA of the US Food and Drug Administration, and the EPA of the US EPA. The Monsanto products that eventually enter the market, like all other genetically modified and non-GM products, have safety guarantees that are recognized by the U.S. government.
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