Did you see this recent article from Nature entitled ‘Escaped Chinese GM Rice Reaches Europe’ ?
The Chinese do their trialing on a grand scale. According to an industry source one million acres of insect resisitant GM rice was planted last year in China. Anywhere else this would have been described as a general commercial release of the GM rice.
If you tested Chinese rice noodles in an Asian grocery store in Australia you would find that products derived from insect resistant GM rice is a reality here too.
But more importantly, and as is pointed out in the article, the risks to the consumer of GM Chinese rice noodles are minimal. Any allergenic reaction to the rice would have been drastically reduced in the processing of the food as the food allergy expert states.
The real question is: Can GM rice coexist with non-GM rice and is there the political will to keep them separate in China?
Exports of Chinese rice noodles is not a big issue for the Chinese government.
There has been a consensus growing among scientists that when China decides to openly (or covertly) give GM rice the all clear it will have an immediate impact on the ‘GM free’ status of rice products sold everywhere on this planet.
It will undoubtedly trigger a new round of food scares and anti-GM campaigns.
But they will all be futile. Ultimately we will have to face the reality of living with a technology, which in the case of insect resistant GM rice, has clear public and environmental benefits.