Winter Wheat Expected to Survive Drought

China’s chief meteorologist has reported that the severe droughts of recent months should not significantly affect the country’s winter wheat harvest. From Xinhua: Zheng Guoguang, head of the China Meteorological...

Grain Market Rescue Package Brewing in China

From Economic Observer Online: Stuck with the biggest harvest in a decade while demand slumps under an economic downturn, Chinese grain authorities were studying a market rescue package to make up for falling grain prices....

Can China Tackle The Great Grain Challenge?

From Reuters: China has shown that it can act by raising domestic fuel prices, but will Beijing be able to tackle an even thornier issue: cheap subsidized grain? After oil, grain could be the next big price risk for China. The...

Is China Really Ready for Transgenic Rice?

From Caijing Magazine: Every summer, crop researcher Zhu Zhen flies eagerly from Beijing to Fujian Province, in southeast China, to care for his patch of pest-resistant, transgenic rice growing in an experimental field. This new...

China to Slap Export Taxes on Grains – AFP

From AFP: China said on Sunday it will levy taxes on grain exports in 2008 in the latest move apparently aimed at reining in galloping inflation and ensuring stable domestic food supplies. The rates would range from five to 25 percent, according to a brief announcement posted on the website of the Ministry of Finance […]

Climate change threatens China food production

From AFP, via Yahoo News: “Climate change could cut China’s food production 10 percent by 2050, said an official report at a major UN conference here. Given current conditions, the damage would hit China between 2030 and 2050. ”

China ‘no longer needs food aid’

From BBC: “The UN World Food Programme is urging China to become a bigger donor instead of a recipient of its aid. The call comes as the United Nations organisation phases out its aid programmes to China next year. In the past quarter of a century the World Food Programme has helped feed 35 million […]

China creates genetically modified rice

From Big News “China has created four varieties of genetically modified rice and may soon begin their commercial production, Xinhua news agency said Thursday. The four types of rice were submitted for approval at a recent meeting on biological safety sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, the state news agency said.”

Against the grain

Via China Study Group, the South China Morning Post reported that “scientists say the rushed introduction of genetically engineered rice on the mainland, as early as 2006, could ruin the nation’s staple food.”



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