China, the world’s largest food consumer, led developing countries in growing biotech crops last year, according to a report by an industry organization. The country was the world’s sixth-largest grower of biotech crops in 2012, the same as a year ago, the report by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, or ISAAA, said. The nation’s total growing area for biotech crops stood at 4 million hectares, with cotton the dominant crop, the report, released on Friday, said…Full-text article: China Daily Mar 2013

Key point

  • In 2009, China’s Ministry of Agriculture issued safety certificates for the production of genetically modified (GM) rice and maize. Since then, no significant progress has been made in certifying additional GM field crops.


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