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China Approves GMO Rice, Corn As Safe To Grow And Use

December 1, 2009: 02:40 AM EST

China, which produces 31 percent of the world’s rice and 20 percent of the corn, has approved home-grown, genetically modified strains of the two staples that will yield pest- and herbicide-resistant crops to boost food supplies. The country had only approved GMO cotton for large-scale production, according to this Bloomberg report, but potential water and farmland shortages are forcing a re-evaluation of policy. According to a market researcher, trial planting, marketing and public acceptance of the crops are necessary before mass-production and commercialization take place. Nevertheless, the Chinese agricultural ministry called it “an important achievement for domestically researched GMO technology.”

Feiwen Rong , "China’s GMO Rice, Corn Approval May Boost Food Supply (Update2) ", Bloomberg News, December 01, 2009, © Bloomberg L. P.
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