China Poised to Drop Restrictions on GMO Food Crops

GMO Rice Protest Philipines: Greenpeace / Luis Liwanag

Agriculture Industry Today

EINNEWS, December 27—What seems to be the inevitable conversion of much of the world’s food supply to genetically modified crops appears headed for a major new chapter in 2011 with China poised to lower its GMO restrictions.

While China is a large producer of GMO cotton, it has been much slower to adopt GMO food than the U.S. But now the Chinese parliament has proposed legislation that would regulate GMO food production, development and research on rice and corn. Passage of the law, which seems assured, would put GMO crops on track for large scale commercial production.

GMO rice has been particularly controversial in China, since it is the nation’s food staple. But some growers have been using GMO seed crops illegally and that has spurred the government to develop its own program, fearing the absence of regulations would result in loss of control.

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