What is in this article?:
- China to host biotechnology, food security conference
- Keen interest in biotechnology
• Presenters at this conference include farmers, scientists, seed genetic and technology firms, and government officials responsible for biotechnology and trade.
• China’s growing economy and its increasing middle class population make it a nation with a keen interest in implementing biotechnology policies.
• China has been a good partner to the U.S. soybean farmer.
Keen interest in biotechnology
"China’s growing economy and its increasing middle class population make it a nation with a keen interest in implementing biotechnology policies. China has been a good partner to the U.S. soybean farmer. We appreciate this relationship and we hope sharing information about biotech soybeans and other crops will help strengthen our relationship."
China is the largest foreign buyer of U.S. soybeans. In 2010, the U.S. sold just over $10.8 billion worth of soybeans to China.
More than 50 percent of all U.S. soybean exports, or 25 percent of the entire U.S. soybean harvest, was exported to China in 2010. In other words, one of out of every four rows of soybeans grown in the United States is exported to China.
U.S. soybean farmers have been a long-term partner with various segments of the Chinese agricultural industry for nearly 30 years. In particular those segments are the swine, poultry, animal feed, and aquaculture industries.
"The U.S. soybean industry’s goal in working with these industry sectors has always been to make them more modern, efficient, viable and profitable," Kemper said.
"As a partner with China’s animal agriculture and aquaculture industries, the U.S. soybean farmer has demonstrated its long-term commitment to helping China meet its long-term food security needs.
"As a fully committed partner in meeting China’s food security needs, U.S. soybean farmers believe that biotechnology will play an increasingly important role in meeting the current and future food security needs of China, as well as the rest of the world."
The first biotech crop was planted commercially in 1996. Since then, worldwide acceptance of the benefits of agricultural biotechnology has grown rapidly in a short period of time. In fact, just last year, a farmer somewhere in the world planted the one billionth biotech crop hectare (2.47 billion acres).
"Biotechnology is important to every faction of the soy industry — from the consumer who relies on the safety of his or her food, to the farmer who plants and harvests soybeans and other commodities," Kemper said.