Chinese experts favour ecological agriculture
The application of ecological pest management techniques could reduce use of chemical pesticides on rice by over 30%, but China's economic emphasis lies on genetically modified crops and not ecological agriculture, reports the national Chinese newspaper, the Daily Economic News. The newspaper quotes research carried out last year by “leading experts” on ecological agriculture across China's five largest rice-producing regions. Proper application of ecological pest management could keep the crop loss ratio from rice diseases and insect pests at under 5%, the study found. China has a group of ecological model areas, some of which have banned the sale and use of toxic insecticides, which were designated by the state environmental protection administration in 2007 ( Agrow No 575, p 28).