September 27, 2011


China rejects GM wheat, rice; GM corn not ruled out


China is likely to ban commercial planting of genetically modified rice and wheat in the next five to 10 years over public worries, a source close to the Ministry of Agriculture said Monday (Sep 26).


Genetically modified corn will likely be an exception as supply is unable to keep pace with rapidly rising demand, the source said in a report.


The government may face fewer obstacles in promoting GM corn as most of the grain is used in animal feed or as raw material for food products, unlike rice and wheat, which form the staple diet of most Chinese, it said.


China still lacks experience in GM grain research, promotion and regulation, according to the report.

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