Vietnam has recently approved the use of genetically modified (GM) corn varieties for both human and animal consumption. The country imported over 1.3 million tonnes of corn and almost 900,000 tonnes of soybeans in the first eight months of the year to produce animal feed. The licenses for the GM corn were granted to two companies, Dekalb Vietnam, a subsidiary of Monsanto, and Syngenta.
Here are some key takeaways:
- Vietnam approved GM corn for consumption.
- GM corn can increase productivity, but may impact health/environment.
- Further studies needed for long-term effects.
Approval of GM Corn in Vietnam
According to the head of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the decision to approve the GM corn varieties was made after thorough research on their biological safety. The approved GM corn strains can resist insects and herbicides, which could lead to an increase in corn productivity in the country.
Views on GM Corn
Experts believe that GM plants could have positive effects on the corn industry in Vietnam. GM corn can resist certain plant diseases and insects, which would help protect the original harvest amount. However, some countries still protest the use of GM plants, mainly due to concerns about their impact on the environment and human health.
According to scientists, there is no evidence that GM products are harmful to human health, and they believe it is the duty of authorities to provide information about GM products to the public. The use of GM plants in Vietnam has been delayed due to complicated procedures and a bias against GM products.
In conclusion, the decision to allow the use of GM corn in Vietnam could have positive impacts on the corn industry and increase productivity. However, further studies and evaluations will be needed to assess the long-term effects of GM crops on the environment and human health.