I do research in issues in food and culture, work that I started in the early 1990s as part of projects that my graduate advisor at Harvard (Prof. James Watson) organized. Here are some links that you can check out on how biotechnology shapes our contemporary foodways; they are of course politically motivated and polemical (and funny!), but there is a lot of truth in these animated shorts.
Prof. James Watson is currently conducting research on the impact of biotechnology on Chinese society. While we will not be going to rural areas on this trip, some of the impact will be obvious to us if we pay closer attention to what we see in Beijing and Shanghai.