In China, which has one-fifth of the world’s population yet only 7 percent of the world’s arable land, food protection is a national obsession. Pesticides as wells as boosted fertilizers no longer help the yield of the crop as markedly as they once did, and staple crops, like rice, which may not grow as reliable in the conditions of extreme climate change.
As a result, the government has started to invest heavily on investigative studies on genitally modified crops. This past fall, the Communist Party’s Literature Research Office published the text of a speech that President Xi Jinping had broadcasted prior to the Central Rural Work Conference, an agriculture- policy body, calling on domestic scientist to boldly research and innovate, [and] dominate the high points of G.M.O. techniques.”
The most recent Five-Year Plan names biotechnology, involving enhanced agriculture, as one of seven “Strategic Emerging Industries.”
Caixia Gao, who is an accomplished plant geneticist at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, located in China. For many years, the institute’s workplace were housed in a drab, Soviet-style facility, however this spring they were one floor, a so-called open lab to involve Ping-Pong tables, coffee lounges, and, on one floor, an open lab with new microscopes, centrifuges, and other equipment that is shared throughout lab groups.