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China Rejects 545,000 Tons of US Genetically Modified Corn

Soulskill posted about 9 months ago | from the kernel-of-dissatisfaction dept.

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hawkinspeter writes "The BBC is reporting that China has rejected 545,000 tons of U.S. corn that was found to contain an unapproved genetically modified strain. Although China doesn't have a problem per se with GM crops (they've been importing GM soybeans since 1997) — but their product safety agency found MIR162 in 12 batches of corn. 'The safety evaluation process [for MIR162] has not been completed and no imports are allowed at the moment before the safety certificate is issued,' said Nui Din, China's vice agricultural minister. The Chinese are now calling on U.S. authorities to tighten their controls to prevent unapproved strains from being sent to China after the first batch of corn was rejected in November due to MIR162."

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Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (1, Interesting)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 9 months ago | (#45746611)

Since GM crops are already shown to jump to other fields, it's hardly surprising. And hardly the only time this has happened. This is just another friendly FU, like the "near collision" in the sea off China, to remind the US that China holds all the cards.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (3, Interesting)

tomhath (637240) | about 9 months ago | (#45746767)

No reason to believe this was cross-pollination. Virtually all corn raised in the US is grown from hybrid seed which is controlled and tested. But farmers can bring whatever they have to a grain elevator and say it isn't such and such variety.

Not sure how the South China Sea incident relates to this, the US ship continued following the Chinese aircraft carrier.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747033)

I whisper "Shhh, baby... shhhhhhh..." when I gently caress my nutsack as if it is a small animal.

GMO had nothing to do with it!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747675)

GMO had nothing to do with it. the corn didn't contain any lead or any other heavy metals, and thus the Chinese government determined that it was unfit for repackaging and export to its trading partners.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746791)

If some SciFi writer were to write a novel about the destruction of the natural food supply replacing it would GM foods they probably couldn't publish it due to convicts with Monsanto IP.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746973)

That sounds like "The Calorie Man", by Paolo Bacigalupi.

http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Downloads/WindupStories.pdf [nightshadebooks.com]

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (5, Informative)

Valdrax (32670) | about 9 months ago | (#45746831)

In this case, it isn't really so much about "keeping the genie in the bottle," since they're quite alright with the genie in general. This is just about double-checking safety of a product and one country's industries not doing enough to respect another country's approval process by keeping the supply-chain neatly segregated.

Of course, the irony is that this sort of story usually happens the other way with China. e.g. Honey containing traces of pesticides of antibiotics approved for general use in China but not approved in the US.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (1)

NMBob (772954) | about 9 months ago | (#45747007)

If GM products are so "safe" (as some feel) why do they need to be safety tested? Just curious.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 9 months ago | (#45747051)

some GMO crops have failed safety testing in Europe

makes you wonder eh

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (2)

jklovanc (1603149) | about 9 months ago | (#45747235)

Citation needed. I haven't found any specific strains rejected as not being safe.
On the other hand [biofortified.org] .

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747147)

A more interesting question might be why aren't agricultural products produced by other techniques being tested. Is there any evidence that other techniques are "safer"?

Yes. 10,000 years of testing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747725)

Moreover, those tests started with small scale products that took decades or centuries to work through, as opposed to being planted as a monoculture through billions of hectares at a time.

But, hey, go ahead and don't eat cultivated foodstuffs, only wild produce, until they're proven safe.

Don't use that to insist that GMOs don't have to be tested.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (4, Informative)

Deluvianvortex (2908365) | about 9 months ago | (#45747155)

All food is safety tested. Don't try to single out GMO's here.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (2)

kurzweilfreak (829276) | about 9 months ago | (#45747743)

Because even conventionally grown foods aren't "safe", such as potatoes that contain solanine and apple seeds that contain cyanide. Conventionally grown foods are subject to random mutation and yet are not checked for safety, yet genetically modified foods that we know precisely how they are modified are tested because genetics = scary.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (3, Insightful)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 9 months ago | (#45747055)

China holds all the cards

Not all the cards. China is - in some ways - like the uncontrolled and empowering Germany of the early XXth. They're the young new world superpower which doesn't have a superpower-history long enough to feel how dangerous it can be to lack diplomacy and look for trouble every other week. That obnoxious behavior is particularly strong and obvious since a couple of years ago - which is worrying. China is powerful thanks to its economic and commercial ties with most of the rest of the world. Unless there is an international comercial/economic consensus to return China to reason, China will keep growing until it is out of reach.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747331)

of the early XXth.

XXth??? Seriously?

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (0, Troll)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 9 months ago | (#45747393)

Not sure if troll or ignorant. Chinese empire is the oldest one on earth by far. No other civilization in our history survived as long as theirs.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (4, Insightful)

bondsbw (888959) | about 9 months ago | (#45747559)

The China of today is nothing like the China of old. It's really not much like the China of 10 or 20 years ago.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (5, Informative)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 9 months ago | (#45747585)

Not sure if troll or ignorant. Chinese empire is the oldest one on earth by far. No other civilization in our history survived as long as theirs.

The current Chinese "empire" is only about 60 years old. It replaced the one before that in the Communist revolution, which in turn replaced the dynastic empire of ancient China 40 years before that. The current government has about as much connection to that ancient empire as modern day Egypt does to the pyramid builders, so if we're defining civilizations simply by their geography and demographics, the Egyptian civilization is actually older than the Chinese one by a thousand years or so.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (2)

kwbauer (1677400) | about 9 months ago | (#45747623)

And the China today is simply an extension of the Ming dynasty, right?

Civilization may have existed in China for that long, but it has not been a continuous civilization in the sense you are portraying and not even close to a continuous empire.

Re:Good luck keeping the genie in the bottle (1)

chuckugly (2030942) | about 9 months ago | (#45747757)

1949 wasn't so long ago.

Where is the news? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746613)

Isn't this just things working as they should?

Re:Where is the news? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 9 months ago | (#45746735)

Usually the seller know that the country will not accept the product before they have processed and shipped the product.

Also depending on your views of GM Foods, either china is rejecting food that will feed a lot of people, due to some politics. Or China saving its people from the US Sending China Poison food.

Re:Where is the news? (3, Insightful)

toejam13 (958243) | about 9 months ago | (#45746883)

Given that the United States just arrested three Chinese nationals over alleged theft of GM corn [reuters.com] , it appears that they do not have an issue with GMOs.

In fact, I suspect that this shipment refusal may be retribution for the arrests.

Re:Where is the news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747101)

It is an undercover sting operation...to get arrested for that you needed to commit a crime...which he did...being political connected in China won't help him in the US Court of Law!

Re:Where is the news? (3, Informative)

schlachter (862210) | about 9 months ago | (#45747183)

Article says they don't have an issue with GMOs.
They have an issue with unapproved GMOs.
Seems pretty reasonable. Even if politics are at play.

Re:Where is the news? (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about 9 months ago | (#45746999)

No, I'd say its more dependant on your reading comprehension of the summary. They have a regulartory system that approves specific mutations. They accept others, but have not finished certification of this one.

Its the most sensible way of dealing with GMO's, IMHO. Not a complete ban, but approval after testing for safety.

Re:Where is the news? (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about 9 months ago | (#45746757)

Isn't this just things working as they should?

I think if things were working as they should, the unapproved corn wouldn't have made it all the way to China before it was rejected. China makes headlines for sending tainted food to the USA, so the USA should make headlines for sending tainted food to China.

Re:Where is the news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747123)

When the US rejects Chinese food products, it's usually due to high levels of heavy metals and real poisons. When China rejects US food products, it's due to pseudo-scientific fear of "frankenfoods" which have zero evidence of human health risks. It's not the same thing. Only one is "tainted".

Re:Where is the news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747249)

When the US rejects Chinese food products, it's usually due to high levels of heavy metals and real poisons. When China rejects US food products, it's due to pseudo-scientific fear of "frankenfoods" which have zero evidence of human health risks. It's not the same thing. Only one is "tainted".

Wait a minute... What scientific evidence do you have for NOT buying my software? I mean, you need to come up with something really good now or shut up and give me money. Is that how a free market should work? Because it sounds like what you are proposing. If China doesn't want to buy this specific corn, maybe it should be sold to someone who wants to buy it?

Re:Where is the news? (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | about 9 months ago | (#45747697)

You are replying to something that was not stated. Your parent post was pointing out the difference between tainted as in proven harmful and "tainted" as in scaremongering. The article and the rest of the discussion (at least this portion) is about the validity of the argument against GM foods.

Making up some BS about somebody having to buy every product for sale somewhere on earth unless they can prove it harmful in some way pretty much proves that you have no actual argument against GM foods other than you don't like them because they are scary to you.

Re:Where is the news? (1)

kurzweilfreak (829276) | about 9 months ago | (#45747769)

It's misinformation and scare words like "tainted" that help fuel the anti-GMO propaganda machine. Obviously, that machine is working pretty well.

Re:Where is the news? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 9 months ago | (#45746827)

Exactly THAT is the news.

Re:Where is the news? (1)

tylikcat (1578365) | about 9 months ago | (#45746991)

The not I'm not seeing mentioned is how soon this is after they rejected shellfish from the entire US west coast - again, a not entirely uncalled for, but unusual move.

I'm not sure if this is more in response to internal unease about their own food quality problems, or a more general snub of the US - admittedly, these things are hardly exclusive.

Re:Where is the news? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 9 months ago | (#45747009)

Isn't this just things working as they should?

When things work the way they should it's because the Chinese gummint wants to leverage something. It could be they genuinely don't want GM produce, but considering the way they are destroying and polluting their own environment wholesale, I figure they're totally good with the GM produce, but want to extract a concession somewhere, like the US opening markets to paint-thinned milk.

Re:Where is the news? (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | about 9 months ago | (#45747723)

Yep, GM food is destroying and polluting the environment. So is fertilizing with anything other than letting the cows eat half your crop so they can fertilize it for you.

Re:Where is the news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747513)

For a tech site this is rather 'bland' 'tech' news. More along the lines of reading a boring back page of some newspaper of the fact a shipment didnt going according to plan. This is just some boring trade shipping issue...

I would go as far as to say it is click bait.

Dennis Rodman just called (2)

Markvs (17298) | about 9 months ago | (#45746625)

The North Koreans will happily take it.

Re:Dennis Rodman just called (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746701)

Screw that. Let's just freaking keep it for people here in the States!

Re:Dennis Rodman just called (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 9 months ago | (#45746833)

Hope it gets past the FDA approval...

Re:Dennis Rodman just called (2, Insightful)

rubycodez (864176) | about 9 months ago | (#45747075)

Monsanto's frankenfood is approved by default.

when your government is in the pockets of large corporations, legality is by fiat

Re:Dennis Rodman just called (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 9 months ago | (#45747105)

The pinnacle of capitalism: When laws themselves are subject to the laws of supply and demand.

Re:Dennis Rodman just called (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 9 months ago | (#45747371)

actually, that's a different system than capitalism. too bad we have it

Re:Dennis Rodman just called (2)

PPH (736903) | about 9 months ago | (#45746845)

Yeah. Stop eating my motor vehicle fuel additives.

Re:Dennis Rodman just called (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746829)

in your dreams north korea will take anything from usa

They reject our corn? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746661)

We should reject their 545,000 tons of smog.

Re:They reject our corn? (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 9 months ago | (#45746841)

We could, but then again do you want to explain to some lowlife why he can't have his cheap electronic toy?

Re:They reject our corn? (1)

blue trane (110704) | about 9 months ago | (#45746901)

Because we're not subsidizing 3D printers?

Re:They reject our corn? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 9 months ago | (#45746945)

Are you nuts? People who can create their own crappy toys won't buy them!

Re:They reject our corn? (1)

blue trane (110704) | about 9 months ago | (#45747053)

Give the import-exporters and shop keepers a basic income, and let them work on bug bounties if they want to keep busy, or take MOOCs, or volunteer, or ...

Leisure time is the goal, technology can help us get there.

Re:They reject our corn? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 9 months ago | (#45747125)

Yeah, just like it worked for the content industry which instantly realized that their old business model is dead and instead of trying to fight tooth and nail for laws to prop up their failed model they adapted and reinvented themselves.

Re:They reject our corn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746885)

Yes, you and every country should, but no one does

Re:They reject our corn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747413)

How American, to believe you are even entitled to deciding that countries must buy your export.

"Hey, we'll take it," said Africa (-1, Flamebait)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about 9 months ago | (#45746669)

I mean, if you're just going to throw it away and all.

Re:"Hey, we'll take it," said Africa (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 9 months ago | (#45746689)

Are you going to build a house out of Corn?

Re:"Hey, we'll take it," said Africa (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 9 months ago | (#45746965)

With that much corn, you could build a palace [cornpalace.org] !

Re:"Hey, we'll take it," said Africa (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746853)

Oh, don't worry. They WILL throw it away, under the watchful eye of an armed guard if necessary, before they give it away.

They'll take it soon however (1, Insightful)

tomhath (637240) | about 9 months ago | (#45746679)

"The safety evaluation process [for MIR162] has not been completed and no imports are allowed at the moment before the safety certificate is issued," said China's vice agricultural minister, Niu Dun.

The Ministry of Agriculture has recently launched a publicity campaign to allay concerns over GM foods and says the criticisms are unfounded.

Seems pretty fair to me. sloppy testing on the US end is all.

Re:They'll take it soon however (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746707)

MIR162 is a Syngenta product... the company is Swiss...

Re:They'll take it soon however (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747135)

So? It's been used in usa and it was in the shipment from usa, so usa should've tested it before shipping.

Didn't meet their standard... (5, Funny)

Deimos24601 (904979) | about 9 months ago | (#45746687)

Apparently the melamine powder content was too low...

Re:Didn't meet their standard... (1)

jasper160 (2642717) | about 9 months ago | (#45746857)

We also forgot to add arsenic, pesticides, and formaldehyde

Re:Didn't meet their standard... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746913)

and don't forget the lead coating of the containers.....

Re:Didn't meet their standard... (2)

bob_super (3391281) | about 9 months ago | (#45746943)

Sprinkle with lead, and put for two hours at PM2.5 set to 1000.

Once baked, package carefully for shipping in that nice Walmart box.

Re:Didn't meet their standard... (1)

GameMaster (148118) | about 9 months ago | (#45747079)

Normally I'd agree with you about the melamine content being too low (and/or the bribes were too low). However, considering the public example they made of the guy responsible for the milk scandal (execution even though he was a wealthy, influential, individual) I have to say that unless the guys at the Ministry of Agriculture are incredibly stupid this is probably a legit complaint on their part.

Re:Didn't meet their standard... (2, Informative)

some old guy (674482) | about 9 months ago | (#45747363)

In China you don't get executed for screwing up. You get executed for embarrassing the Party.

Surprising given the high use of gutter fat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746745)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQXIds5_F50

Egads! (5, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | about 9 months ago | (#45746755)

Assuming that Chinese health authorities have their priorities straight, that must mean that eating US corn is more dangerous than breathing the air in Beijing. This is worrisome!

Re:Egads! (4, Funny)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about 9 months ago | (#45746795)

Well, the air in Beijing is thicker than corn anyway.

Re:Egads! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746807)

No it just means somebody forgot to bribe somebody and/or minor sabre rattling

*yawn* next story

Re:Egads! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747165)

Assuming that Chinese health authorities have their priorities straight

There's more than one guy in charge of health, so it's possible they have different goals and levels of competence.

This is despicable and indecent (-1, Redundant)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 9 months ago | (#45746765)

I know I'm not the first one to point this out here, but seriously, let me repeat this:

HOW CAN ANYBODY THROW AWAY HALF A MILLION TONS OF FOOD WHEN SO MANY HUMAN BEINGS ARE STARVING?

How have we - collectively - come to the point where this sort of things is acceptable? This is completely indecent, and someone in power should be shot over this.

Re:This is despicable and indecent (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746797)

Where does it say they threw it away? They rejected the first of a series of shipments. It just means the ship will need to unload somewhere else.

Re:This is despicable and indecent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746843)

Who said anything about throwing away? They refused the shipment. Its up to the seller to figure out what to do with it now but there was no mention of it being destroyed.

Re:This is despicable and indecent (4, Insightful)

Valdrax (32670) | about 9 months ago | (#45746929)

HOW CAN ANYBODY THROW AWAY HALF A MILLION TONS OF FOOD WHEN SO MANY HUMAN BEINGS ARE STARVING?

Well, it depends. Is that food actually safe to eat? In this case, probably, but that hasn't been vetted and proven by the Chinese government, so they're quite sane in erring on the side of safety. Especially considering all the product recalls involving tainted food from their local producers. Plus, it's not like the US or China are strapped for food at the national level.

The problem with starvation has been one of distribution for much of the past century. If this food IS being thrown away (and that's a big "if"), then it's because there's no good way of getting it to someone who could pay some price for it before it spoils. (And food aid is generally not done for completely free.)

Re:This is despicable and indecent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747071)

Its just a case of its approved for use in the USA but the Chinese version of the FDA hasn't finished their approval process. Its like technology has to get the FCC stamp of approval before it can be sold in the USA even if its already cleared in another country.

Things just working as intended and somebody got sloppy sending it before it was authorized.

Re:This is despicable and indecent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747109)

Would you poison a starving man?

Re:This is despicable and indecent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747469)

Would you poison a starving man?

Depends on how slow the poison works, and how serious the side-effects are preceding death. If it takes 40 years to kill, with no side effects until year 39, it might be a worthwhile tradeoff.

Re:This is despicable and indecent (0)

kwbauer (1677400) | about 9 months ago | (#45747785)

Yes, yes we have. Many people, even here on Slashdot, would rather see people starve or suffer from malnutrition instead of having them eat certain foods that they have no reason to believe are harmful in any way except they have deemed them as "unnatural."

Much the same way that we, as a society, decided that we would rather see millions of those darker folks die from Malaria just so we can pretend to care about the birds that were not being harmed (as proven by the EPA study) by a certain pesticide.

T-Bonds (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746781)

I thought that the Chinese just used US Treasury bonds for expensive toilet paper.

I'm pretty surprised that the USA still makes anything that China wants.

Re:T-Bonds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746957)

China lines up and bids against lots of others for the privilege of holding t-bills. All China has is cheap labor to make things the US invented, and that labor will soon be irrelevant because of automation and 3D printers.

Here here (0, Flamebait)

midifarm (666278) | about 9 months ago | (#45746783)

I hope that ALL GMO crops are banned worldwide, including the US.

Sell Monsanto NOW... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746787)

On a serious note... If a TPP nation were to try such a thing, Monsanto (or whoever) would be able to sue the government in an international tribunal.

china (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45746805)

They are also reluctant to permit supermarkets to stock garbage bags with greater dimensions than 500*650 millimeters, and, no pharmaceutical shop may sell no more than two boxes of golden throat lozenges per week. That's all central planning folks.

"Product safety agency"? (4, Insightful)

kheldan (1460303) | about 9 months ago | (#45746847)

China has a "Product safety agency"? Really? It must only apply to imports, not exports.

Re:"Product safety agency"? (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about 9 months ago | (#45746967)

Yep, one the main points of these free-trade zones was to remove the burden of local compliance for export products.

Re:"Product safety agency"? (1)

jklovanc (1603149) | about 9 months ago | (#45746977)

I really like this quote from the article:

The agency called on US authorities to tighten controls to ensure unapproved strains are not sent to China.

This reminds me of a saying my friend regularly uses;

Pot,Pot, this is Kettle, Kettle, colour check, over.

Trust us.... (3, Interesting)

jasper160 (2642717) | about 9 months ago | (#45746921)

It was tested for two years http://cera-gmc.org/index.php?action=gm_crop_database&mode=ShowProd&data=MIR162 [cera-gmc.org] . Considering most drugs take decades if they even make it to market.

Re:Trust us.... (1)

slew (2918) | about 9 months ago | (#45747789)

FYI, MIR162 was approved for use by the EU [europa.eu] .
Of course, this might be because it was developed by a Swiss company (Syngenta)...

The modification made to MIR162 (insertion of a gene from Bacillus thuringiensis aka Bt which creates the Vip3Aa protein) is in some ways the complement to what was known as BtCorn (which is the generic moniker for many varieties of corn which inserted one of the other genes from Bt and created a different protein Cry1Ac and was developed by the non-European company Monsanto). Apparently, many pest have developed a resistance to the Cry1Ac expression BtCorn.

There is another GM-corn which was called Starlink (owned by Bayer-Aventis, a French company) which used yet another protein from Bt (Cry9C), and there were problems in testing (the protein is apparently not broken down as easily and testing got prohibitively expensive as it showed some possibility for human allergic response) and it was eventually withdrawn from the market.

And if we did this to China, would it be news? (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 9 months ago | (#45746985)

Let's say China ships us 545,000 tons of toothpaste laced with lead, and our health inspectors reject it. Would this even be news or just another day at the Los Angeles shipping ports?

As it stands, our trade deficit with China is so great, we're coming up with creative uses for all the shipping containers being stocked 30 or 40 high -- we could build housing for the homeless from all those containers, and completely eliminate homelessness in this country, if only we had the land to put all those containers somewhere else.

Re:And if we did this to China, would it be news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747381)

The containers MIGHT float ...

China rejects 545,000 tons of laxatives (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747001)

Assuming this was the same corn that made its way into Taco Bell brand tacos.

Keep that poison away from us. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747011)

No wonder people are obese, sick and have cancer. GM is poison.

Customer is always right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747059)

Knowing customers regulations how does one ship a half million tons of something they know or should know will be rejected if inspected? Cross their fingers...hope for the best?

I hope someone is getting slapped/fired.

Wrong poison (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 9 months ago | (#45747243)

What it were tainted with lead, they'd probably have no problem with that... y'know, being China and all that..

plu5 2, troll) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747311)

Around re7urn it

I'm fing fed up by American exceptionalism... (4, Insightful)

elloGov (1217998) | about 9 months ago | (#45747387)

I'm going to catch the wrath of my fellow flag-wrapped, self-professed "patriotic" American countrymen, but I'm fucking fed up and feel the need to speak up.
This sick propaganda starts with the media. Fuck reading a story's contents, you give me the color/race, ethnicity, religion, sexual-orientation, wealth/affluence, partisanship of the story (domestic and international), I'll tell you exactly what the reactions of my countrymen will be regardless of the facts. This post-colonial imperialism is sickening and runs through the veins of our society from top to bottom. It creates double standards, domestically and internationally.
China and its Ministry of Agriculture rejects unapproved goods just like our FDA would. How dare they expect the same as us? Let the smear campaign begin! China executes Uyghur Muslims, all of a sudden China is the best. Why? Because in our hierarchical caste system, China seems ranks higher than Muslims. This is the reality, a single stamp on your forehead of an identity defines one entirely and groups you with a stereotype irrelevant of the facts. And if you think that people are willingly going to accept second-class treatment, you are tripping, keep investing in the military as this is the only way.
This is exactly why:
  • we are bending over and taking it as our gov't sells out its citizen's right to privacy
  • some rich white kid gets off with "affluenza"
  • Zimmerman, had irrational support cult-like following
  • Snowden, a true patriot, is on the run from his own gov't
  • we have murdered, YES MURDERED, hundreds of thousands of people in many wars
  • Discriminatory anti-Muslim rhetoric is flowing openly. Sikhs are targeted as Muslims, we condemn the acts afterwards because "they aren't even Muslims"
  • ...

These double standards and injustices go on BECAUSE you permit it to happen. I'm the fucking patriot here, you are just a mindless sheep falling in line, fuck you!

You know what makes this funny? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45747491)

All the chemicals and crap they put in everything they make and export to us, and they wont accept some corn..

American Exceptionalism (2, Insightful)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 9 months ago | (#45747519)

"How dare China import lead-tainted goods! Ban!"
"How dare China ban our GMO exports!"

American Exceptionalism is Exceptional Hypocrisy.
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