China is mulling over a national standard on using transgenic technology in agriculture in an effort to safeguard food safety, Vice Minister of Agriculture Niu Dun, told the Global Times Tuesday, without giving a specific timeline. The country is working on a standard on transgenic food to rival the current US-led international code, Niu said on the sidelines of the China-Eurasia Expo in Urumqi, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region…Full-text article: The Global Times Sep 2013

A General from the People’s Liberation Army writing a column in China’s Global Times suggesting the GMO’s is a strategy by the West to displace China’s food security. The Ministry of Agriculture, which has authority over GMO policy, reacted by posting a question and answer transcript and rejected Peng’s claims…Full-text article: BlackSeaGrain Sept 2013

Key points

  • In June 2013, China approved the importation of three types of GM soybeans produced by Monsanto (USA) and BASF (German)
  • In August, China imported its first major shipment of Argentinian GM corn

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