China is Rejecting GMO Corn and That Isn’t Good for American Farmers

The industrial agribusiness has embraced GMOs in the United States, but it’s having a serious effect on farmers. Most recently, China began rejecting a variety of genetically modified U.S. corn, and the rejection is reportedly costing American farmers upwards of $3 billion, according to the National Feed and Grain Association.

The genetically engineered corn in question is one invented by the seed companySyngenta. The new gene has yet to be approved in China — in fact, it has been waiting for approval for four years. Since November, China has rejected more than 1.45 million metric tons. The corn was diverted to other buyers, but as the NFGA stated, it “almost assuredly would have negotiated a discount,” which means fewer dollars for American farmers.

A rejection of U.S. grain in China has serious consequences here on home turf, as the country is one of the top importers of U.S. corn, and its demand is projected to grow. But not if GMOs are involved.

GMOs have become an increasing concern in China. This spring, the Chinese Army banned all GMO grains and oil from its military supply stations. As the Wall Street Journal reports, “because of public concern over health risks and high-level discomfort with China becoming overly reliant on GMO strains developed by foreign companies, China has stopped short of allowing commercial distribution of GMO grains.”

China isn’t the only one. Russia has now announced that it won’t import GMO products, and the United States is having a hard time reaching a trade deal with the European Union because of GMOs.

Who should the farmers blame? The governments that don’t want the grain or the companies making them? They’re unsure.

According to NPR:

A few days ago, theU.S. Grains Council wrote aletter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, urging his “immediate, direct, and personal intervention” with Chinese officials “to halt this current regulatory sabotage of the DDGS trade with China.”

The NGFA and theNorth American Export Grain Association, on the other hand, havecalled on Syngenta to stop selling the offending corn varieties until those varieties can be sold in major export markets.

“They’re being a bad actor here,” says Max Fisher of NGFA, referring to Syngenta. “They’re making $40 million” selling the new corn varieties, “but it’s costing U.S. farmers $1 billion.”

While companies will certainly find other channels for their grain, there’s no denying that the economic blow to farmers may fuel the conversation on GMOs moving forward.

 

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Jerome S
Jerome S3 months ago

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Jerome S3 months ago

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Jim Ven3 months ago

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Jim Ven3 months ago

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Jim Venabout a year ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

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Kyle N.
Kyle N3 years ago

God bless the farmers, the ones that work their asses off to feed your fat ass!

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Kyle N.
Kyle N3 years ago

Mark, say all you want, but you have no clue about anything dealing with agriculture. Let me know when you have to work with it. You are stuck so deep in your little hole of a city that you have no clue about farming in any way. You do not know the facts behind each product or done any research on any of it to back it up. NEONICOTINOIDS have no effect on bee's since where they are used the bee's do not visit. bee's do not go to corn, no flowers, they are not known to go to soybeans. lack of nectar. they prefer canola, alfalfa, wildflowers, sunflowers. There will never be a ban on GMO crops because we know as a fact that treating a GMO crop is by far safer than treating a NON GMO crop. Plus University trial results prove that GMO outyields Non GMO significantly. The bee's this year are dong very well, quite possibly the best honey production in many years. new treatments have been holding the mite population down in hives. If those companies are lost over half of the farmers would quit and let the ground sit.

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Mark Donners
Mark Donner3 years ago

Kyle N: Tirelessly propagating fake science and propaganda oriented toward the profits of his Agribusiness psychotic masters.. the pay must be good/

Kyle: Give it up, you're LOSING. Most the world is waking up to your GMO frankencrops and your earth destroying poisons. I am personally doing my part to give information to people in India about the threat to their country and to their ecologies. OUTRIGHT BAN GMO, BAN GLYSOPHATE POISONS LIKE ROUNDUP, BAN POLLINATOR AND BEE DESTROYING NEONICOTINOIDS, Most of the world has forced skull and crossbones labeling on your frankencrops. The next step is to force your terrorist organizations, Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Dupont, Sygenta out of business and treat them as the FELONS and TERRORISTS they are. North America since it is controlled by a corporate mafia with plants in the government, is conspicuously absent. "agent orange.. we call it 2,4-D" and "pre-pack of roundup". If you are in any way involved in spreading these toxins on our landscape, you are involved in criminal activity. I don't care if you are part of a larger gang of criminals.. crime is crime. Your entire gang of agribusiness "farmer" criminals is attacking the future of our planet. That kind of behavior cannot be tolerated and is not without repercussions. China has already woken up to this, to the point that corporate propagandists holding conventions about GMO and its poisons have literally been physically assaulted by the public.. a step in the right direction.

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Kyle N.
Kyle N3 years ago

Ros, nobody on this site is as close to farming as I am at the moment. some call it agent orange.. we call it 2,4-D and it is used in many residential lawns to control weeds. There already is a pre-pack of roundup, 2.4-d for pre-emerge in no till and fallow operations to conserve soil moisture. I know of the super weeds, that has to deal with some that were using low doses of roundup, any plant can become tolerant to a herbicide if not used to the labeled rate. Have Acc-ace resistant wildoats here, als resistant kocia, have heard of glyphosate tolerant waterhemp, giant ragweed, but is handled well using crop rotation where it is located. Got to have the use of roundup for many years yet until something new comes along. Keep in mind all wheat is Non GMO. Oh, found that one insect is naturally tolerant to neonicotinoid. much like spider mites are resistant to pyrethroids.

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