Greenpeace is an independent, global campaigning organization with a mission to save our planet. One way is by “campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity and encouraging socially responsible farming.”

Sometimes when I go grocery shopping in Beijing, I look at the fruits and vegetables and think they look incredibly abnormal. They look much bigger and sometimes more vibrant than what I’ve seen in Australia and it makes me question if they have been injected or sprayed with some harmful chemicals that could have detrimental effects on my body. But it is really difficult to know for sure. There have been many scandals from dangerous levels of melamine in milk to fake eggs made with chemicals. Such cases have given people good reason to worry.

In a Time article published in 2008, they reported that Greenpeace conducted a survey and found 65% of consumers in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou who were familiar with GM food preferred natural food. Although there is a law that says genetically modified food must be labelled so, many vendors know don’t because they know it will scare people and consequentially won’t sell as well.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.