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An Asian perspective on GMO and biotechnology issues.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18296345     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Of the 102 million hectares that made up the global area of biotech crops in 2006, less than 8% (7.6 million ha) were in Asia. Three biotech crops are currently planted in significant areas in four Asian countries with government regulatory approval; namely, cotton, corn (maize), and canola. However, the amount of GM crop material imported into the Asian region for processing into food and animal feed is very substantial, and almost every country imports GM food. The issues which concern Asian scientists, regulators, and the lay public resemble those of other regions - biosafety, food safety, ethics and social justice, competitiveness, and the "EU" trade question. Most Asian countries now have regulatory systems for approving the commercialization of GM crops, and for approving food safety of GM crops. In Asia, because of the varied cultures, issues concerning the use of genes derived from animals arouse much emotion for religious and diet choice reasons. Because many Asian producers and farmers are small-scale, there is also concern about technology dependency and to whom the benefits accrue. All consumers surveyed have expressed concern about potential allergenic and long-term toxic effects, neither of which is grounded on scientific facts. Because of Asia's growing demand for high volumes of quality food, it is likely that GM crops will become an increasing feature of our diet.
Paul P S Teng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  17 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0964-7058     ISO Abbreviation:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-25     Completed Date:  2008-07-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440304     Medline TA:  Asia Pac J Clin Nutr     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Natural Sciences & Science Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637616.
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MeSH Terms
Commerce / legislation & jurisprudence,  methods,  standards*
Consumer Product Safety*
Consumer Satisfaction
Crops, Agricultural
Food Labeling / standards
Food, Genetically Modified / standards*
Legislation, Food*
Plants, Genetically Modified
Public Opinion*
Risk Assessment

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