British government: learn from Chinese policy-makers who are now aiming for the country to be more self sufficient in food
Since November, China has rejected more than 900,000 tonnes of Syngenta’s MIR162 Agrisure Viptera, citing the use of a trait of a genetically-modified corn seed the country has not approved for import. In a video on the company website, David Morgan, president of Syngenta Seeds (left), was more specific: “Trade sources within the country believe that testing of imports for the presence of MIR162 Agrisure Viptera started in 2013 because of the record domestic corn crop; the test results caused the subsequent rejection of cargoes, and the consumption of domestically grown corn”.
US farmer Wendell Shauman deplores China’s action, but also says (In Voice of America) that Syngenta’s MIR162 Agrisure Viptera is: “planted all over the country. It’s just dispersed randomly, so it’s very hard to source corn that you can be sure doesn’t have some of this in there”.
Grain exporter refuses MIR 162: it could cause a major economic headache
Another article records that Bunge, one of the largest grain exporters in North America, announced in 2011 it would not purchase corn with the Viptera trait. This caused Syngenta to file a suit in which it effectively sought to force Bunge to accept corn with the trait. Bunge largely won, and it still refuses to purchase Viptera. Since then, Cargill and ADM have joined them, indicating their refusal to purchase any corn containing the Viptera trait that might go into their export channels. Major exporters don’t want to accept it to ensure that it stays out of export channels because it could cause a major economic headache if there is ‘co-mingling’.
Grain traders also think that China was strictly enforcing its ban as a way to exit contracts for corn and to prevent imports into a well-supplied market. U.S. corn futures soared to $8 a bushel last summer but dropped almost 50% percent by November.
Is it not time for some UK protection of the country’s industry and agriculture, to increase self-provision and useful employment for its people?
Posted on May 5, 2014, in uncategorized and tagged China's zero-tolerance policy, Chinese policy-makers, Contracts for corn, David Morgan president Syngenta Seeds, Protection, Syngenta's MIR162 Agrisure Viptera, U.S. corn futures, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.