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Title: China's soybean crisis : the logic of modernization and its discontents
Authors: Yan, H 
Chen, Y
Ku, HB 
Keywords: Consumer rights
Discursive power
Food security
Food sovereignty
GMO safety
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Journal of peasant studies, 2016, v. 43, no. 2, p. 373-395 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of peasant studies 
Abstract: Lester Brown sounded an alarm in 1995: who will feed China? Against this backdrop, this contribution examines China's dramatic turn from having been a soybean net exporter, up until the mid-1990s, to being the biggest importer of genetically modified (GM) soybeans, since 2000. With China's growing soybean imports, domestic soybean production has experienced a drastic fall, creating an outcry about a ‘soybean crisis’ in China. This paper examines competing interpretations about China's soybean imports and how a wide arrange of heated debates and critical reflections have emerged about China's position in globalization, the role of the state in food security, the safety of GM foods, consumer rights, what constitutes scientific authority, and the power of transnational corporations. In these debates, Chinese critics have very different views about the US and South America, where significant GM soybeans are produced for export to China.
ISSN: 0306-6150
EISSN: 1743-9361
DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2015.1132205
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