|Agriculture officials visit a field of GM corn, |
Agricultural Genetic InstitutePhoto: VNA/VNS
in Van Giang District,
northern Hung Yen Province.
According to Dr. Le Huy Ham, director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Agricultural Genetics Institute, Bt GM corn had "30-40% higher production than unmodified corn grown in the same conditions ... and the quality was much better." His colleague, Dr. Pham Thi Lien add that the tests had proven the basic environmental safety of the corn noting that the GM corn "did not turn into wild grass or cause any agricultural epidemics or any harm to biodiversity or the ecosystem. ... Participants in the trials did not show adverse health symptoms."
Former director of the Agricultural Genetics Institute told VietnamNet Bridge that this did not "tell much, especially in assessing their effects on the environment and ecosystem. ... He suggested six more multi-location field trials."
Professor Tran Dinh Long, chairman of Viet Nam Seed Association, agreed that more field tests were necessary. He pointed out that farmers were paying for the cost of pesticides and that this should be included in any future cost-price evaluations.
For more see:
"Scientists recommend more trials of genetically modified feed corn," VietnamNet Bridge, 9 April 2012.