In a rare open challenge to Beijing by a local government, the relatively small and remote city of Zhangye, Gansu province, has slapped a ban on genetically modified (GM) crops, products and technology. No GM seeds, from cotton to papaya seed, are allowed to be produced or sold in the city of nearly 1.2 million, according to a new government regulation. Zhangye’s sudden stance was all the more remarkable because Beijing has authorized planting of more than a dozen GM crops…Full-text article: South China Morning Post Nov 2013

Key point

  • According to the Director of Greenpeace China’s Food and Agriculture Program, the move to ban GM crops may influence officials in Heilongjiang province to do the same

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