China with its, ever increasing, population of 1.3 billion people is facing its next big development hurdle: producing and providing enough food its huge population. Other countries have faced the same problem and have turned to the same solution: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The US started, Europe followed, and now China has joined the long road to GMOs.
There are two general opinions about GMOs, those for and those against. The anti-GMO camp was initiated by, Peng Guangqian, a Major-general in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). He says that purchasing crops like corn and other vegetables from western countries is essentially a diabolical conspiracy to make China dependent on the western food supply, so later the west can cut China off, effectively starving the Chinese population of a position as the world’s number one superpower- hawkish stuff indeed.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Peng, who is also a member of China’s National Security Policy Committee, wrote in the Global Times: “If things change and the West cuts off our grain supply, are 1.3 billion people going to drink the northwestern wind?” However, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), which has authority over GMO activity in China, issued a point by point rebuttal of Peng’s claims (in Chinese).